A. Australia Africa England Marriage Motherhood Teaching Writing Reading
A. Do it now!
A. Becoming a widow
A. On the couch at my daughter's house, having one of our rambling, lovely conversations
A. Napoleon: I want to conquer the world!
A. Nada Vawser, an elderly neighbour
A. Divine! Fantastic! Oh, God, that's hysterical!
A. Having only one child
A. Piano playing
A. Writing the best selling picture book ever in Australia
A. Being too nice
A. The ruler of the world
A. My spiky red hair
A. Atticus in Lee Harper's TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD
A. Fagin in Charles Dickens' OLIVER TWIST
A. William Wilberforce, the Englishman who spent most of his life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries working to abolish the slave trade. I'd say: "Congratulations! And thank you, thank you, thank you thank you!"
A. Badly brought up, out of control children
A. Book shop owner
A. Forgiveness, generosity and tolerance
A. Penny Lane, Steal Away, Flow Gently Sweet Afton, the African national anthem: Nkosi Si'kelele Afrika, and my own song: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes.
A. Dickens, Balzac, Jane Austen, Harper Lee, E B White, AS Byatt, Sebastian Faulks and a million others including picture book writers Martin Waddell and Lynley Dodd
A. A Tale of Two Cities Birdsong Possession To Kill a Mocking Bird Pride and Prejudice
A. Where is the Green Sheep?
A. Avoid adjectives and adverbs
A. My child (or my class) LOVES your stories