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Cay Rademacher

Cay Rademacher was born in 1965 in Northern Germany, but now lives in Southern France. (Anybody who has seen both places knows why). He studied history and philosophy in Cologne and Washington, DC, and is a founding member of the renowned German history magazine, Geo Epoche.

He continues to write for Geo Epoche as a freelance journalist, as well as Die Zeit and Mare, and is the author of several thrillers, including the trilogy on ‘Oberinspektor’ Frank Stave, who is fighting crime in the ruins of British-occupied Hamburg in the 1940s. He is currently writing a series on Capitaine Roger Blanc of the French Gendarmerie, who, rather against his will, finds himself in Provence to fight crime there.

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 ...

John Irving
Donna Tartt
Simone Veil
Francis Drake
Ludwig van Beethoven (before he went deaf, obviously)
The Trümmermörder (just to identify him)

Six things you can't live without ...

My wife
My children
Notepad and pen
The sea
A book

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 ...

New Zealand
La Réunion
New England
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.