I thought that today I’d take a stab at answering the questions I’ve been asking other people recently.
If you could only read one more book before reading became illegal what would it be and why?
My first instinct is to say Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles because as I have said a thousand times it is my favourite book EVER. That said, maybe I should go for something different. Should I go for one of those books that appears on the lists of books that everyone should read before they die? Should I try a new genre or a new author? Then I think about it and realise that if it’s the last thing that I am going to read, I want to make sure that I’m going to enjoy it. If I had to choose my last meal, would I try something that I’ve never had before on the off chance that I might like it? Absolutely not. So, if I could only read one more book, it would definitely be Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
If you could be a character in any book, who would it be?
I have only just realised what a difficult question that is to answer. However, on reflection I think that given I quite often prefer animals to people I’d quite like to be Dr. Dolittle. I would be able to help animals which would be great and I’m sure I’d have lots of interesting conversations.
What is the title of the book that you are going to tell us about?
An Uncomplicated Man
How did you come up with the title?
Until shortly before publication it was called something else. The cover had been mocked up and it had been advertised with that title but then the original publisher decided the title wasn’t strong enough and asked me to come up with another one. “An uncomplicated man” is what someone calls the main character so it seemed to work.
Where did the idea for this book come from?
The first nuggets of the idea came to me when I was on dialysis one night and I was thinking about my dad. His favourite song was Danny Boy and I wanted to write a book with that as a title. Danny Boy was the original title by the way, the one that the publisher decided wasn’t strong enough. Anyway, all I had to start with was the name of the main character. But he was a Daniel rather than a Danny, in fact he hated being called Danny, it was a weakness. And, the thing is about weaknesses is that people exploit them. Daniel has another weakness too and her name is Lucy. An Uncomplicated Man is their story.
Which character in this book is your favourite and why?
To be honest most of the characters are pretty awful but the one that I like the most is Isobel Laither. She appears weak but she isn’t.
Where can we buy the book?
You can buy it on Amazon as well as Waterstone’s and WH Smith’s. You might even find it in the odd independent book store.
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