Countdown with ...
Interviewed 23 June 2018
Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...
How happy I am: there are many stories still untold.
Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...
A sequoia-tree (really, in Provence and quite huge...)
The rest of the forest
The light in the Southern sky
Photos of my family
Papers and pens, millions of them
This interview on my screen
Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?
The French classic: fresh baguette, middle-old camembert, old wine.
Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...
Ludwig van Beethoven (before he went deaf, obviously)
The Trümmermörder (just to identify him)
Six things you can't live without ...
Notepad and pen
Five favourite words ...
Sorry, but as a German writer, these are German words:
Fernweh (tr. wanderlust)
Kinderlachen (tr. children’s laughter)
Stille (tr. silence)
Augenblick (tr. a moment)
Horizont (tr. horizon)
Four places you'd run away to ...
And I have finally run to: Provence
Three books you've bought recently ...
Cixin Liu: The Three-Body Problem
David Peace: GB 84
Holly Tucker: City of Light, City of Poison
Two things that make you rant ...
If I'm late
If someone else is late
One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...
"Life is not that hopeless, after all." After all, it's not that bad.