Interview date: 29 May 2009
What book do you wish you had written?
Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children.
What would you do if you were not doing this?
I have absolutely no idea, but it would almost certainly be both less interesting and less time-consuming.
When was the last time you looked at Wikipedia?
Last weekend – to find out who Bill Callahan was (clue: he’s a musician).
What event had the greatest impact on history in Ireland?
The end of the last ice age: the melting water did away with the land bridge, made us isolated, and created the image of ‘that crowd from across the water’ whose various excursions to see what was going on over here have had a bit of an impact.
What are you reading now?
At home: Roland Huntford, Scott and Amundsen: Their Race to the South Pole. On the Dart (the Huntford book’s too bulky to carry): Dambisa Moyo, Dead Aid: Why aid is not working and how there is a better way for Africa.
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