TPQ: What are you currently reading?
TPQ: Best and worst books you have ever read?
MF: Best book - unfair question. Far to many. Let's go for The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist, Robert Tressel. Worst book, Gerry Adams - I think it was Before the Dawn. I have a few of his books here signed. Shite.
TPQ: Book most cherished as a child?
MF: Mmm - probably Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
TPQ: Favourite Childhood author?
MF: Rosemary Sutcliff, the first book taken out on loan at the newly opened Andersonstown library in 1958, l think.
TPQ: First book to really own you?
TPQ: Favourite male and female author?
MF: At the mo - Jo Nesbo, Joseph Wambaugh, Stieg Larsson. Favourite woman author must be forever Rosemary Sutcliff. She introduced me to this wonderful world.
A Berlin Book Tower in memory of the Nazi book burning.
TPQ: A preference for fact or fiction?
MF: These days I tend to go for fiction. Most of the factual stuff we have to endure is to fucking distressing, as I'm helpless to do anything about them so it's escapism for me.
TPQ: Biography, autobiography or memoir that most impressed you?
MF: Has to be James Connolly. His writings shaped the direction my life took from around 16 years of age. He nailed it so correctly and even to this day 100 years later he is still so relevant.
TPQ: Any author or book you point blank refuse to read?
MF: Easy - Bangers Morrison: a tout and a lying toe-rag. Heard enough of his crap over the years.
TPQ: A book to share with somebody so that they would more fully understand you?
MF: Choirboys - Joseph Wambaugh. The disrespect for authority is me.
TPQ: Last book you gave as a present?
MF: Have yet to give it. It's Jo Nesbo's take on Shakespeare's Macbeth for Anthony,
TPQ: Book you would most like to see turned into a movie?
MF: Many books have been written on the Spanish Armada but Captain Cuellar's Adventures in Connaught and Ulster, A.D. 1588 who after surviving another wrecking ended up on Streedagh beach Co Sligo. He ended up in Leitrim on Lough Melvin. His story is the stuff of legend an amazing story - with a happy ending.
TPQ: A "must read" you intend getting to before you die?
MF: Gerry Adams obit! Or the sequel to Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses ... Buddha Is A Wee Fat Bastard