A. My mother was a great one for maxims, me less so. However, I'm a great believe in optimism, however unfounded. Plus I always like to have my next holiday booked and planned.
A. Sally Naldrett, of course, the main character from 'The Mistress of Nothing'! I'd love to find out what really happened to her after she left Lucie Duff Gordon's household.
A. The servants and labourers and teachers; the people who worked hard and are not remembered, like many generations of my family.
A. I'm a mother, so anything to do with my kids and the word 'harm' is terrifying.
A. Trustworthiness, humour, and spark.