Simon Maltman 
answers thirteen questions in Booker's Dozen.

TPQ:
What are you currently reading?

SM: The new Rebus from Ian Rankin - A Song for the Dark Times. It’s really good. I particularly like these later Rebus books.

TPQ: Best and worst books you have ever read? 

SM: Aww I wouldn’t want to say the worst! I couldn’t do it haha. The best is very hard. Probably be something like The Last Goodbye by Raymond Chandler or something by Richard Stark or Lawrence Block.

TPQ: Book most cherished as a child?

SM: I really loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs.

TPQ: Favourite Childhood author?

SM: I was a big fan of the solve-it-yourself Mystery Squad books by Martin Waddell.

TPQ: First book to really own you? 

SM: I remember getting a real connection with Iain Banks novels - books like Espedair Street. And The Trial by Kafka. I think The Friends of Eddie Coyle helped get me into crime.

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TPQ: Favourite male and female author?

SM: Very difficult but will probably go for Lawrence Block and Patricia Highsmith.

TPQ: A preference for fact or fiction?

SM: More fiction, but every few months I’ll have a non-fiction book on the go too.

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

SM: I recently read Mark Lanegan’s autobiography. Harrowing, heavy stuff. But it was so honest too.

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

SM: Not that I can think of.

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

SM: That’s a head scratcher! I’ll go for one of my own. All authors reveal themselves more than they mean to!


TPQ: Last book you gave as a present?

SM: Haylen Beck’s (Stuart Neville) Here and Gone. It’s an absolutely terrific thriller.

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

SM: Have to say one of mine like! Haha. Seriously though I’d love to see a properly good movie version of one of Richard Stark’s Parker books.

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

SM: I don’t know - there’s too many - my TBR pile is already crazy!

Simon Maltman is a crime fiction writer.

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Simon Maltman 
answers thirteen questions in Booker's Dozen.

TPQ:
What are you currently reading?

SM: The new Rebus from Ian Rankin - A Song for the Dark Times. It’s really good. I particularly like these later Rebus books.

TPQ: Best and worst books you have ever read? 

SM: Aww I wouldn’t want to say the worst! I couldn’t do it haha. The best is very hard. Probably be something like The Last Goodbye by Raymond Chandler or something by Richard Stark or Lawrence Block.

TPQ: Book most cherished as a child?

SM: I really loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs.

TPQ: Favourite Childhood author?

SM: I was a big fan of the solve-it-yourself Mystery Squad books by Martin Waddell.

TPQ: First book to really own you? 

SM: I remember getting a real connection with Iain Banks novels - books like Espedair Street. And The Trial by Kafka. I think The Friends of Eddie Coyle helped get me into crime.

Iraqi Book Market

TPQ: Favourite male and female author?

SM: Very difficult but will probably go for Lawrence Block and Patricia Highsmith.

TPQ: A preference for fact or fiction?

SM: More fiction, but every few months I’ll have a non-fiction book on the go too.

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

SM: I recently read Mark Lanegan’s autobiography. Harrowing, heavy stuff. But it was so honest too.

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

SM: Not that I can think of.

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

SM: That’s a head scratcher! I’ll go for one of my own. All authors reveal themselves more than they mean to!


TPQ: Last book you gave as a present?

SM: Haylen Beck’s (Stuart Neville) Here and Gone. It’s an absolutely terrific thriller.

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

SM: Have to say one of mine like! Haha. Seriously though I’d love to see a properly good movie version of one of Richard Stark’s Parker books.

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

SM: I don’t know - there’s too many - my TBR pile is already crazy!

Simon Maltman is a crime fiction writer.

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