Chris Whitaker

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Chris Whitaker

Chris Whitaker was born in London and spent ten years working in the city. With a refreshingly cavalier attitude toward his family’s security, he quit his lucrative finance job at the age of 30 in order to begin his writing career. His wife and two young sons are slowly learning to love him again.

Luckily, his debut novel, Tall Oaks, went on to win a CWA Dagger. He hasn’t stopped smiling since. It’s a shame Chris was so shocked and had no acceptance speech prepared, and so forgot to thank just about everyone who helped him along the way. 

When not writing, Chris enjoys stroking dogs, keeping fit and trying to befriend everyone he meets. Chris lives with his family in Hertfordshire, in a bungalow that currently has no roof. He works part-time at a local library, where he gets to surround himself with books, while learning to master the complex skill of how to ask people to pay a fine with a smile.

Interviewed 27 June 2020

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

From bartender to city trader to author, it’s been fun.

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

My reflection (so many mirrors)
My CWA Dagger
An email to Rod Reynolds reminding him about my CWA Dagger
Too many books
Pot of ink
Empty wallet (I’m an author)
Picture my son made
My book covers as wall art

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

Two scoops of protein powder in a pint of water. (Thanks to Tom Wood for the recipe).

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

John Hart
Ruth Jones
Lynda La Plante
Jeanine Cummins
Jo Spain
Fiona Cummins
Jon Coates
(they’re all on the cover of my new book)

Six things you can't live without ...

My family
Book bloggers

Five favourite words ...


Four places you'd run away to ...

New York

Three books you've bought recently ...

Stop at Nothing – Tammy Cohen
The Night You Left – Emma Curtis
Fire in the Sky – Gordon L Dillow

Two things that make you rant ...

Bad manners

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

Don’t forget to go to your A-level Economics exam or you’ll get an N*. (*An N grade is used to indicate that the student has not achieved a minimal level of accomplishment!)