What was the last book you read and what are you currently reading?
Edmund de Waal's beautiful memoir The Hare With Amber Eyes was my last read. Such a terrific blend of history and personal obsession. I am now reading all of Dickens' novels: what amazing characters. Thrilling.
Which book from your bookshelf at home is your most treasured & why?
I really love my edition of Breakfast at Tiffany's. It was given to me by an Australian poet, and represents friendship, grace, biting humour, and a lovely sense of memory.
Which fictional character do you most identify with?
Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. I'm basically a gypsy with a brooding and slightly ridiculous sense of the romantic.
What are you working on next?
A simple, warm tale of an old woman and a soldier, The Illuminations.
Thanks to Andrew O'Hagan for coming in for a chat and to sign some books. And extra thanks for sharing the title of his next book with us - the first time he's announced it!
The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe is available as an autographed copy now.