A. Journalist, historian
A. I do love journalism and radio broadcasting, but history is my greatest passion.
A. The Universities of Sussex and Edinburgh
A. Probably Mozart
A. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
A. Diverse, entertaining, joyful, complex, busy, fulfilled, interesting, loving, integrated
A. Walk Home.
A. A state which is physical, spiritual and intellectual
A. I don't think about it.
A. I am lucky in that I am in my study overlooking my garden in a beautiful part of England and the sun is shining. I wouldn't be anywhere but here.
A. Right now, Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV's chosen wife and Queen of England
A. I very much admire Nelson Mandela for his ability to forgive and be happy.
A. Voila!-- ever since I wrote in the character of Mary, Queen of Scots in The Other Queen
A. Regret is really a complete waste of time unless you use it to change.
A. I should love to sing. I would quite like to cook. I would like to want to cook.
A. My charity, Gardens for the Gambia, which has put more than a hundred wells in primary schools in The Gambia, changing the lives of thousands of children.
A. I am terribly bossy.
A. I am affectionate and loving.
A. My beloved horse, now retired from work, has one of the most idyllic lives one can imagine. He does nothing, he is adored for being himself, and he has limitless food and leisure. He is also incredibly beautiful.
A. How I think.
A. I like Dorothea in Middlemarch.
A. Lovelace in Richardson's Clarissa
A. I should love to meet Elizabeth I and ask her about the mysteries of her time: her attitude to marriage, to Mary, Queen of Scots, the reasons behind her decisions.
A. I hate not being able to work modern technology.
A. I love walking, gardening, farming, reading, skiing, holidaying, being with my children, talking to my husband. I like doing so many other things it is amazing I get any work done at all.
A. Without a doubt-- ranger on a big game preserve, re-wilding Africa.
A. Loyalty, authenticity and a loving heart
A. Porridge and fresh fruit
A. The English and American classics
A. They change all the time.
A. I reread E.M. Forster more than any other author.
A. Please, please, do the best and most beautiful that you can and not what you think you might sell.
A. They tell me how the books spoke to them, sometimes at the most important and personal times.