Deborah Meyler: What Are You Reading?
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. I stole it from F.J.Foakes-Jackson, a Cambridge scholar and clergyman: “It’s no use trying to be clever—we are all clever here; just try to be kind—a little kind.”
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. Apparently I am sunny. I would say I am enthusiastic.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. Tom Stoppard. When he dies, unless I die first, he might be the dead person I most admire. Though really I think Shakespeare is immoveable there, and I am pretty impressed with St Lawrence as well.
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. I would like to be a botanist. I was discouraged at school. I would like to create new flowers. I would also love to be a painter of large paintings.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Apart from the real big ones, that we all presumably have, such as something bad happening to the people I love - my greatest fear is boredom. It hasn't happened very often since I grew up.