Questions I'm often asked

What are your favourite books for children?

Tom’s Midnight Garden, Phlippa Pearce

Coram Boy, Jamila Gavin

Krindlekrax, Philip Ridley

Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

Artichoke Hearts, Sita Brahmachari

Goodnight Mr Tom, Michelle Magorian

I, Coriander, Sally Gardner

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, Annabel Pitcher

…and many, many others.

What are some of your favourite films?

Son of Frankenstein, 1939

An American in Paris, 1951

The Belles of St. Trinian’s, 1954

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, 1963

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 1968

Mrs Doubtfire, 1993

Billy Elliot, 2000

Amelie, 2001

The Artist, 2011

…I LOVE watching films.

If you weren’t an author what would you be?

In my dreams I’d be a sculptor and make HUGE pieces of art out of junk material, or a TV presenter making shows about walking in windswept landscapes.

If you were an animal what would you be?

I’d like to be a tiger but a ‘friend’ told me that I look more like a chihuahua.

What’s your favourite colour?

All kinds of green and most kinds of purple.

What’s your favourite food?

Poached eggs on toast. I like polenta cake, too, and raspberries.

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