What is your favourite book?
Without question, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. It achieves that rare feat of combining a brilliant story with a stylistic brilliance and lyricism that elevates it to an almost poetic reflection on love, money, class, idealism and the empty heart of the American Dream. I think it is one of the greatest books that's ever been written.
1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Caroll
2. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
3. The Tempest - Shakespeare
4. Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
5. Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
What is your favourite movie?
Probably Blade Runner. I like science-fiction generally because of the way it transports you to an imaginary and yet believable world and makes you think. Blade Runner combines Philip K Dick's mesmerising reflection on the nature of memory and personality with a totally compelling and authentic vision of the future. I've lost count of the number of times I've seen it!
1. Star Wars
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
3. Apocalypse Now
4. Du Rififi Chez les Hommes
5. The Thomas Crown Affair
What are you working on now?
Unfortunately, nothing. I have had to take an extended break from writing in order to focus on my main business career. So lots of jotting down ideas and about three different ideas (of which only one is a Tom Kirk novel) in various phases of development. But not actively writing anything right now.
When is your next novel coming out?
See above. I have to write it first!
Tell us three things that people probably don't know about you.
1. I was brought up in Paris, France until I was eleven.
2. I have been to a party at Playboy Towers in New York, as the guest of the daughter of a former US President - I'm not joking...
3. I support Arsenal Football Club (as my bio probably reveals!)
Do you have any weird hobbies?
I collect brass and iron plates/plaques off the front of old safes and strong rooms. Is that weird enough for you?
Do you enjoy writing?
I suppose that every job has its good and bad points. Writing can be a very lonely business that lacks the camaraderie and company that a normal office workplace provides. It can also be, contrary to most people's belief in free-flowing artistic inspiration, a seemingly endless process of re-writing, edit