Ben Aaronovitch

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Ben Aaronovitch

Ben Aaronovitch was born and raised in London and all his work has reflected his abiding fascination and love for what he modestly likes to refer to as the ‘capital of the world.’ He is the author of the Peter Grant/Rivers of London urban fantasy series, plus a spin-off series of graphic novels set in the same universe.

In his youth he wrote for Doctor Who (including the Remembrance of the Daleks episode), Casualty and the late, lamented space soap Jupiter Moon – a show so low budget that you were only allowed seven of the regular cast in any given episode!

He also wrote a series of tie-in novels for Virgin Books and Big Finish that turned out to be excellent practice for his fiendish plan to inflict his prose upon an unsuspecting world.

Ben still lives in London and is currently working on his next novel.


Interviewed 10 November 2018

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

Bang your head on keyboard long enough and something happens.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Trees, late Victorian terrace, 1950s primary school, railway station, microwave relay tower, church spire, hill, dog, people.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Bread, something to put on the bread, some fruit, coffee.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Assuming guarantees of safety - Genghis Khan, Lucretia Borgia, Machiavelli, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chaucer, Joseph Bazalgette, Alexandre Dumas.

Six things you can't live without ...

Coffee, computer, internet, books, Private Eye, London.

Five favourite words ...

Antithesis, Hyperbole (both when pronounced as spelled), bollocks, meretricious and frangible.

Four places you'd run away to ...

New York, Hamburg, Mumbai, Lagos.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride, Chaucer's People by Lisa Picard, Travellers in the Third Reich by Julia Boyd.

Two things that make you rant ...

Don't get me started …

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Stop going clubbing, you don't really enjoy it and you're not going to pull. Find a reliable group of friends to play RPGs with, it will have no discernible impact on your love life and you'll be much happier.