from The Guardian’s quickfire interview series:
What was your favourite book when you were younger?
Anything by Diana Wynne Jones. One Easter holiday I read The Dalemark Quartet five times in a row and became convinced that Mitt was a real person.
Did you read a lot as a child and do you still read children’s books now?
I read everything within grabbing distance, almost at random. While other children were outside learning how to socialise I was taking up residence in my school library. These days I still read a huge amount of children’s fiction. I’m enormously lucky to actually have a job in children’s publishing, which means I get to work with children’s books all day.