GeneralBeing a vast geek. I crave an iPhone. I may have one by the time you read this. Food. My God, I love food. Also wine. Good wine. There's an Argentinian Chardonnary which tastes a bit like a Meursault, but it's much cheaper. And then red wines... ohhh, yes.
I am a physical person. This is not a bad thing. I have a spiritual side, but who talks about that on MySpace? I'd sound like a total hippy. Which I probably am, deep down. Seventies child, of course.
I'm the author of The Gone-Away World, which comes out in the UK on June 5th, and in the US on September 2nd.
I'm married, delighted, amazed, and at the time of writing this I have a stinking sore throat which is making me tetchy. I love the word 'bewildered', which means literally 'lost in a pathless place'. I have a copy of the full Oxford English Dictionary in my home, and sometimes I get lost in it, finding words like 'mollag' and definitions of words like 'bewildered'. Someone at the OED needs to be cutting a deal to get the OED into Word Processing programs as a plugin.
I'm naturally quiet, shy, and retiring, and if you believe that, I have a line to this nice metal tower the French are selling off cheap; good views of Paris, you might like to buy it, I can put you in touch with the right bloke for half a million quid.
I like: dogs, cheeses, succulent words, summer, winter, spring, and autumn, Utah, Cornwall, old houses, really cool modern houses, technology, and other things which I'm not going to mention here because they're private.
I don't like: shellfish. Or offal. Or value-environmental dissynchronization. Or brains; I don't care how you dress them up, I'm not eating them. Yuck.
Who I'd like to meet:Geoffrey Pyke; Giustiniana Wynne-Rosenberg; Miles Vorkosigan; Galahad Threepwood; Zaher Bey; Diablo Cody; Obiwan Kenobi (the old guy, not the young one); Jon Stewart; Lauren Bacall; Samurai Jack; Karen Armstrong; Joseph Stiglitz; Theda Skocpol; Steven Levitt; Brian Blessed; Kurt Vonnegut; Douglas Adams; Charles Addams; Heston Blumenthal; Stringer Bell; Andrew Flintoff; Tim Robbins; Tom Robbins; Michael Chabon; Johnny Depp; Daniel Auteuil; Clint Eastwood; Monica Belucci; Christopher Judge; Kinky Friedman (he shook my hand once, does that count already?); George Stephenson; George Soros; Clare Short; Camilla Paglia; Kylie Minogue; Carol Bartz; Richard Branson; Thomas Pynchon; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Neal Stephenson.
- Status: Married
- Hometown: London
- Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
- Smoke / Drink: No / Yes
- Occupation: Writer
University of Cambridge
1991 to 1994
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- Graduated: 1994
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: Politics
- Minor: Philosophy