Paul Waters answers 13 questions in a Booker's Dozen.

TPQ: What are you currently reading? 

PW: The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway.

TPQ: Best and worst books you have ever read?

PW: Best - For a long time time it was Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis. But now maybe, The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne. Funny, moving, gripping. Wonderful. Also made me laugh out loud. . Worst - Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. I'm sure he'll rest easy counting his book sales.

TPQ: Book most cherished as a child?

PW:  A volume of the Childcraft Encyclopedia about great lives. Sam Houston, Texan independence leader was one of the good ones. 

TPQ: Favourite Childhood author?

PW: 
Farley Mowat: Canadian - Lost in the Barrens, etc.

TPQ: First book to really own you?

PW: 
Hard to remember. Ripley Bogle by Robert McLiam Wilson was really annoying in a grabbing way. First time that happened to me. Has always stuck with me. More recently - The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually by Helen Cullen. It's a slow burn which brought a tear to my eye. 

A Berlin Book Tower in memory of the Nazi book burning.

TPQ: Favourite male and female author?

PW:  
Andrea Camilleri & Belinda Bauer. They both emphasise the humane amidst badness.

TPQ:  A Preference for fact or fiction?

PW: Fiction - though also partial to a lot of history. Jamie Cawley - The Birth of Now. And science: Richard A Muller - Physics for Future Presidents.

TPQ: Biography, autobiography or memoir that most impressed you?

PW:  
A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor. He started walking from Rotterdam to Constantinople in 1933, aged 18.

TPQ: Any author or book you point blank refuse to read?

PW: 
Stoner by John Williams. Started it. Very good but too painful to finish it. Which is a compliment really.

TPQ: A book to share with somebody so that they would more fully understand you?

PW:  Blackwatertown - cos I wrote it. 


TPQ:
 Last book you gave as a present?

PW: Kith - poems by Jo Bell. She's ace. Lives on a narrow boat. 

TPQ: Book you would most like to see turned into a movie?

PW: 
Blackwatertown - Cos I might get a few bob. And I fancy seeing Vincent Regan play a part in it. 

TPQ: A "must read" you intend getting to before you die?

PW:  
Everything by John Boyne, Denise Mina, Tony Kent, Gerard Brennan, Peter May and Will Dean. And Cockerings by Stevyn Colgan. I've read the first two in his trilogy - A Murder To Die For, and The Diabolical Club. I hope he hurries up with number 3. I'd better keep going for a while.

  Paul Waters is the Buckinghamshire based author of Blackwatertown.

Booker's Dozen @ Paul Waters

Paul Waters answers 13 questions in a Booker's Dozen.

TPQ: What are you currently reading? 

PW: The Last Crossing by Brian McGilloway.

TPQ: Best and worst books you have ever read?

PW: Best - For a long time time it was Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis. But now maybe, The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne. Funny, moving, gripping. Wonderful. Also made me laugh out loud. . Worst - Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. I'm sure he'll rest easy counting his book sales.

TPQ: Book most cherished as a child?

PW:  A volume of the Childcraft Encyclopedia about great lives. Sam Houston, Texan independence leader was one of the good ones. 

TPQ: Favourite Childhood author?

PW: 
Farley Mowat: Canadian - Lost in the Barrens, etc.

TPQ: First book to really own you?

PW: 
Hard to remember. Ripley Bogle by Robert McLiam Wilson was really annoying in a grabbing way. First time that happened to me. Has always stuck with me. More recently - The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually by Helen Cullen. It's a slow burn which brought a tear to my eye. 

A Berlin Book Tower in memory of the Nazi book burning.

TPQ: Favourite male and female author?

PW:  
Andrea Camilleri & Belinda Bauer. They both emphasise the humane amidst badness.

TPQ:  A Preference for fact or fiction?

PW: Fiction - though also partial to a lot of history. Jamie Cawley - The Birth of Now. And science: Richard A Muller - Physics for Future Presidents.

TPQ: Biography, autobiography or memoir that most impressed you?

PW:  
A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor. He started walking from Rotterdam to Constantinople in 1933, aged 18.

TPQ: Any author or book you point blank refuse to read?

PW: 
Stoner by John Williams. Started it. Very good but too painful to finish it. Which is a compliment really.

TPQ: A book to share with somebody so that they would more fully understand you?

PW:  Blackwatertown - cos I wrote it. 


TPQ:
 Last book you gave as a present?

PW: Kith - poems by Jo Bell. She's ace. Lives on a narrow boat. 

TPQ: Book you would most like to see turned into a movie?

PW: 
Blackwatertown - Cos I might get a few bob. And I fancy seeing Vincent Regan play a part in it. 

TPQ: A "must read" you intend getting to before you die?

PW:  
Everything by John Boyne, Denise Mina, Tony Kent, Gerard Brennan, Peter May and Will Dean. And Cockerings by Stevyn Colgan. I've read the first two in his trilogy - A Murder To Die For, and The Diabolical Club. I hope he hurries up with number 3. I'd better keep going for a while.

  Paul Waters is the Buckinghamshire based author of Blackwatertown.

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