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About Simon Majumdar

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 12/1

Q. Previous occupations

A. Book publisher

Q. Favorite job

A. my current position in life is what I was always meant to be and do

Q. High school and/or college

A. Rotherham, South Yorkshire, U.K

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Bach ( Classical) Frank Zappa (Popular)

Q. Favorite movie

A. A Matter of Life and Death with David Niven

Q. Favorite television show

A. The Larry Sanders Show

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Eating and capturing it in words and pictures

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Go Everywhere, Eat Everything

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A T-bone, char on the outside, rare on the inside and an unfeasibly large martini

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That someone will make me go back to my old job

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. The Philippines

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Anyone who displays generosity and generosity of spirit

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Love" and one far too rude to use here

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not doing what I do now much sooner in life

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

A. I always wanted to play the harpsichord but we could never fit one in our front room

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. That my mother was and my father is proud of me

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Not suffering fools at all

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. See above

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I always wanted to be David Niven to see how it felt to be a gentleman

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Enthusiasm

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Biggles

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Count Fosco (The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins)

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Robin Hood (yes he probably did exist) I'd say "Green? Really?"

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Lack of generosity

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Meeting quirky characters in the food business

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Chairman of Rotherham Utd soccer club

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, generosity and a desire to feed me

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. A Melton Mowbray Pork Pie

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Close Watch by John Cale, Complete Control by The Clash, 4th of July Aimee Mann, Misunderstood by Richard Thompson, It's Different For Girls by Joe Jackson

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Robertson Davies Robert B Parker Peter Carey

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. 5) The Dice Man 4) Catch 22 3) Electric Kool Aid Acid Test 2) The Picture of Dorian Grey 1) Rebel Angels

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. The Moon's A Ballon

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. If you want to be a writer, write.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. you get paid for this?

Q. How did you come to write Eat My Globe?

A. Forty two e-mails to friends and family saying "I HATE MY JOB" were a sign that I perhaps ought to look at some other journey for my life. Food has always been my obsession and so I decided to combine the two and head off around the world to see what the world eats. I have never regretted it for one second. Well, that's not true. I had my doubts when faced with Chinese toilets.

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