My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Death or Glory
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd), There Is a Light Which Never Goes Out (The Smiths) Tonight the Streets are Ours (Richard Hawley), Strauss's Four Last Songs and (cheating a bit here) the song cycle A Shropshire Lad
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Gatehouse from The Shadow Line. That's if he really is a villain . . .
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. In this world, nothing can be perfect; but I'd settle for a family picnic at Calke Abbey, a good day in the Rare Books Room at the University Library, or riding my favourite horse up the meadow and looking down to see the clouds sweep across the valley where my husband is watching cricket on the village green.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Ballet dancer.