Paul Pickering

Paul Pickering is the author of four novels: Charlie Peace, The Blue Gate of Babylon, Perfect English, and Wild About Harry. He lives in London, where he is a columnist for the London Times.

Books by this Author

The Leopard's Wife

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Jump!

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Unicycle. J.G. Ballard was very good. I think Dickens dabbled.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Hard driving empathy.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Behemoth the giant, subversive cat in The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgarkov.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. My Uncle Used To Love Me But She Died, Roger Miller, Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Missa Luba, Sanctus, Soave sia il vento, Cosi Fan Tutti, Mozart, Beethoven's Symphony No 9, choral fourth movement.

Author Voices

February 02, 2012


            ‘I say, Holmes,’ said Dr Watson, opening his morning paper with a cheerful flourish as the sun angled in through the chintz curtains at 22b Baker Street. ‘I say, now that it’s all over, didn’t the taking of this Obama...drat... I mean Bin Laden chappie, fill you with patriotic pride? I remember when I was up on the pass, dodging the Jezzail bullets. And when that Gaddafi chappie bought it too? And now some Iranian nuclear Johnny has been shown the celestial door.’

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August 02, 2011

Trout Taliban

First choose an overcast day to fish by a river such as the Oxus. On such a day the trout will rise more swiftly.

It will also be less likely that you will be blown out of your flip-flops by a Hell-fire missile.

Such things spoil a day’s fishing. So send your brother mujahedeen to the top of the nearest hill to watch and listen.

Trust in Allah, peace be unto him, but bait your hook with fat worms.

As you sit by the bank make sure a fire of dried wood is burning down to grey ashes.

When you have four trout it is time to cook.

Take four sheets of a newspaper. Infidel... see more

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