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. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Swimming in the sea
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading, or tightrope walking, or swimming in the Isis river in Oxford.
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Roast chestnuts