Katherine Rundell on Carthwheeling in Thunderstorms
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Spend part of each day upside-down
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Oh, that's easy! I would sing like Dinah Washington or Billie Holiday: women who sang like they'd been alive a thousand years
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Just William, and Emma in Emma
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. John Donne: I think he would be the world's best and wittiest drinking companion.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. 'Crikey'. It makes me sounds like Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins