My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. What would Billy Wilder do?
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. The easy ones first, eh? It's a terrible cliche but I think happiness is about finding the right balance: between solitude and company, for instance. It's very difficult to write a book surrounded by all your friends at a party, and it's very difficult to have a party if you're all on your own - even if you have got a paper hat and a balloon. Mind you, I do think some people find it easier to be happy than others, which has always struck me as being very unfair. I also think it's easier to be happy when you're a bit older and more relaxed about who you are.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Answering questionnaires wittily.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Tom Stoppard's pretty blooming marvellous.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm easily bored.