A big welcome this week to Alex Shaw – the author of the AIDAN SNOW, JACK TATE and SOPHIE RACINE thrillers. He is published by Harper Collins in English and Luzifer Verlag in German. TOTAL BLACKOUT has been Shortlisted for the 2021 WILBUR SMITH ADVENTURE WRITING PRIZE. Alex and his family divide their time between Kyiv, Doha and West Sussex.
Take it away, Alex…
What’s your most treasured possession?
Apart from my family, I would say this has to be my grandfather’s WWII medals.
Which dead celebrity do you wish was still alive?
Sid James, Kenneth Williams or Frankie Howerd.
Do you have any weird habits?
I rarely listen to music, and I haven’t bought any this millennium. Don’t get me wrong, I listened to music as a teen and I have been to concerts, but I’ve never had the urge or even thought to listen to music on other occasions. Even when I drive, I usually have the radio off or switched to Radio 4. Is this weird?
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
My all-time top pick is Barbados. We’ve had some great family holidays there and will hopefully get to go again if not in late 2021 then in 2022.
What’s your favourite kitchen appliance?
It’s a three-way tie between my huge frying pan, which is voluminous enough to fry an entire pack of bacon, my waffle maker and my Nespresso machine. Actually, the coffee maker just gets it on the line.
Are you any good at potato sculptures?
Very much so. My preferred medium is mashed potatoes. I once created a huge sculpture of past US leaders, I called it ‘Mount Mashmore’.
What would you cook on Come Dine With Me?
I’d cook up a storm and then serve a liquid lunch.
Would you rather have no forks or no plates?
I can do without forks but only if I’m allowed to wear gloves. I hate eating with my hands, finger food is my idea of torture.
Why are coconuts so difficult to open?
If one uses a machete, they are quite easy to open, but do not attempt the same with a butter knife.
If you were a kangaroo, what would you keep in your pouch?
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