A. Charlie Parker
A. The Sound of Music. And, The Engima of Kaspar Hauser
A. Spend part of each day upside-down
A. Swimming in the sea.
A. Losing my memory
A. Swimming in the sea
A. 'Crikey'. It makes me sounds like Dick van Dyke in Mary Poppins
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
A. Just William, and Emma in Emma
A. Trollope's Obadiah Slope in third place, Samuel Whiskers in second, and Shakespeare's Iago in first
A. John Donne: I think he would be the world's best and wittiest drinking companion.
A. Reading, or tightrope walking, or swimming in the Isis river in Oxford.
A. I would love to have been an acrobat; someone who makes flying look easy
A. Roast chestnuts
A. Diana Wynne Jones, Jane Austen, Philip Pullman, Noel Streatfield, Shakespeare, Roald Dahl, Kafka, Muriel Spark, Raymond Chandler, Nabakov, Barbara Trapido, John Milton. And John Donne, above everyone else in the world.
A. I've read Jane Austen's Emma so many times I can almost recite the whole book. I love it so much it gives me shivers.
A. Read, of course. But also evesdrop, and trespass into places you're probably not supposed to go.