Pat Mills 
answers thirteen questions in Booker's Dozen.

TPQ: What are you currently reading?

PM: Chartwell Manor by Glenn Head. Graphic novel from Fantagraphics. A survivor’s memoir of his horrible school. I’m about to read it for the third time because graphic novels are deceptively fast to read. Detail can be missed

TPQ: Best and worst books you have ever read?

PM: Best book - Perfume by Patrick Susskind. It’s so well constructed with a very accessible style.

Worst book - The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling). Galbraith breaks so many story rules, but gets away with it because of his/her name. It was desperately dull.

TPQ: Book most cherished as a child?

PM: Stephen Leacock’s The Great Detective in his Nonsense Novels. My introduction to an author’s attack on the establishment. I loved it.

TPQ: Favourite Childhood author?

PM: H. Rider Haggard. Although I tried reading him recently and found him really hard going.

TPQ: First book to really own you?
 
PM: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I loved the characterisations, the narrative approach and the humour. It filled a gap in my life.


TPQ: Favourite male and female author?

PM: Favourite male - Graham Greene. Brilliant storyteller. Female author - Fay Weldon. Love her dark stories

TPQ: A preference for fact or fiction?

PM: Fact. It’s usually much wilder than fiction. Thus I like Robert Graves The White Goddess, an intense and satisfying read that a novel would be hard to replicate

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

PM: Bismarck by Emil Ludwig. The first biography I read as a boy. For some reason it left a lasting impression. Never understood why.

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

PM: Jeffrey Archer. He probably has the magic touch to sell so many books, but his Tory values put me off

TPQ: A book to share with somebody so that they would more fully understand you?
 
PM: Erewhon by Samuel Butler. World turned inside out – that’s the basis of most of the stuff I write. E.G. Requiem Vampire Knight series with artist Olivier Ledroit and here’s where it started in Erewhon, a world where sickness is a crime. And crime is an illness.


TPQ: Last book you gave as a present?

PM: For the School Colours by Angela Brazil. For a lesbian friend of mine because the main character rejoices in the name Lesbia.

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

PM: The Tain by Thomas Kinsella. It features Cuchulain who is Overdue to be a movie hero. I go into it in my forthcoming book: Kiss My Axe, the secret history of Slaine the Warped Warrior. Sadly, because there’s no copyright on Cuchulain, it’s a risky undertaking.

TPQ: The just must - select one book you simply have to read before you close the final page on life.

PM: Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude. Because my wife Lisa raves about it.

⏩As the founding editor of 2000AD, Pat Mills is a legend in the comic book industry and has recently launched a new comic, Spacewarp as well as creating havoc over at Millsverse.

Booker's Dozen @ Pat Mills

Pat Mills 
answers thirteen questions in Booker's Dozen.

TPQ: What are you currently reading?

PM: Chartwell Manor by Glenn Head. Graphic novel from Fantagraphics. A survivor’s memoir of his horrible school. I’m about to read it for the third time because graphic novels are deceptively fast to read. Detail can be missed

TPQ: Best and worst books you have ever read?

PM: Best book - Perfume by Patrick Susskind. It’s so well constructed with a very accessible style.

Worst book - The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K. Rowling). Galbraith breaks so many story rules, but gets away with it because of his/her name. It was desperately dull.

TPQ: Book most cherished as a child?

PM: Stephen Leacock’s The Great Detective in his Nonsense Novels. My introduction to an author’s attack on the establishment. I loved it.

TPQ: Favourite Childhood author?

PM: H. Rider Haggard. Although I tried reading him recently and found him really hard going.

TPQ: First book to really own you?
 
PM: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I loved the characterisations, the narrative approach and the humour. It filled a gap in my life.


TPQ: Favourite male and female author?

PM: Favourite male - Graham Greene. Brilliant storyteller. Female author - Fay Weldon. Love her dark stories

TPQ: A preference for fact or fiction?

PM: Fact. It’s usually much wilder than fiction. Thus I like Robert Graves The White Goddess, an intense and satisfying read that a novel would be hard to replicate

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

PM: Bismarck by Emil Ludwig. The first biography I read as a boy. For some reason it left a lasting impression. Never understood why.

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

PM: Jeffrey Archer. He probably has the magic touch to sell so many books, but his Tory values put me off

TPQ: A book to share with somebody so that they would more fully understand you?
 
PM: Erewhon by Samuel Butler. World turned inside out – that’s the basis of most of the stuff I write. E.G. Requiem Vampire Knight series with artist Olivier Ledroit and here’s where it started in Erewhon, a world where sickness is a crime. And crime is an illness.


TPQ: Last book you gave as a present?

PM: For the School Colours by Angela Brazil. For a lesbian friend of mine because the main character rejoices in the name Lesbia.

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

PM: The Tain by Thomas Kinsella. It features Cuchulain who is Overdue to be a movie hero. I go into it in my forthcoming book: Kiss My Axe, the secret history of Slaine the Warped Warrior. Sadly, because there’s no copyright on Cuchulain, it’s a risky undertaking.

TPQ: The just must - select one book you simply have to read before you close the final page on life.

PM: Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude. Because my wife Lisa raves about it.

⏩As the founding editor of 2000AD, Pat Mills is a legend in the comic book industry and has recently launched a new comic, Spacewarp as well as creating havoc over at Millsverse.

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