Simon Savidge was born in the Peak District in 1982. He then headed to Newcastle when his mum went there, and later to Wiltshire, Portsmouth and Kent. He now lives in London which, as he has lived there longer than anywhere else, is technically home. Simon is a Features Editor and is working on moving to spend half of every year in Brazil as of 2011, if all goes to plan. He blogs at Savidge Reads.
Why do you blog? > It started as just a place to put my bookish thoughts so that I would stop boring anyone and everyone with non-stop bookish banter. I was quite surprised, and remain so, that my blog actually gets comments and readers, as it's just me waffling on about books I have read and other bookish thoughts.
What has been your best blogging experience? > I have a fair few. I love hearing when people have bought a book I raved about and loved it. That makes you smile. I think the best, though, is that I have made some wonderful new friends through blogging whom I have actually met face to face. I have even started a book group with some of them.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Do it because you love books not because you want free books. That links to being wary of agreeing to read anything and everything you get offered. Don't assume once you get an audience you are an authority on blogging - no one likes arrogance. Oh and (sorry am waffling) if no one reads or comments don't give up, it should be something you do for yourself.
What are you reading at the moment? > I am reading The Passage by Justin Cronin, which is apparently going to be one of the 'big books of the year'. It certainly is in size. I started off loving it but it's so big you can't commute with it, and now its addictiveness is turning a little sour and I just want to finish the bleeder.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > It would have to be a toss up between Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.
What is your favourite song? > I think 'Smooth Operator' by Sade. A strange choice perhaps, but it's one that reminds me of being very young and dancing with my mum.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > I don't do much non-fiction, which I am working on. I would say Letters Between Six Sisters. It shows how the world has changed over a relatively short space of time, and the power of the pen and paper. Letter-writing needs to come back into fashion.
If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be Prime Minister, who would you choose? > It's hard not to say yourself isn't it, ha? I would say my nine-year-old brother Seth, who has decided he wants the job anyway. He has some very good policies, though some are a little random. I am not sure how '£10 compulsory pocket money for children a week' would go with the public.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > I would say nuclear war, though I think that's something we are working on ridding the world of. I want to say David Cameron but I shouldn't. I think global warming and terrorism really.
Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come? > I like to be positive and have hope, so I am hopeful we will learn some sharp lessons and the best is still to come.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Live it!
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > I am married to someone whose religious viewpoint is radically different from mine and that's enough to contend with. Politics are very different in Brazil, so I am lucky.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Generosity of spirit.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Arrogance.
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > Several if it's a little white lie that does no harm. Is that bad? To tell a whopper, it would have to take something rather momentous. I value honesty though I tend to verge to near bluntness, I think.
What is your favourite proverb? > 'Don't poke the bear' makes me smile.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > I always worry people think I don't like them or that I am mean. It’s the bluntness and the fact that I can be quite shy, so tend to do lots of watching when I meet people rather than bound up to them.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > No, because regrets are a waste of time. Learn from your mistakes and move on without repeating them.
What would you call your autobiography? > I would have to use my surname in a really tacky way: like Taming The Savidge, or The Savidge Path.
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > A chubbier Gerard Butler.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > Brazil - which is lucky as I am planning on living there six months of every year if all goes to plan.
What would your ideal holiday be? > I really, really, really want to explore India.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Apart from reading? Seeing my friends and family. I don't think you can get enough of that pleasure.
What is your most treasured possession? > A painting my granddad did for me when I was little. Sadly, he died very suddenly and very early three years ago, and so it's something I cherish and reminds me of lots and lots and lots of happy times.
What talent would you most like to have? > Is 'not procrastinating' a talent? I would love to be able to play a musical instrument, preferably a flute.
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > I really, really wanted to be a criminal profiler. You know one of those people who turns up at a murder scene and can work out the psychology behind it.
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > I wouldn't mind having more time and a fair bit of it, though my wish wouldn't be to become redundant. I shall run off and touch some wood.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > It would give me the time (see above) that I would like. I would travel and see family more, and it would possibly mean a permanent move abroad. Have you seen how much a book costs in Brazil?
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Daphne Du Maurier, Oscar Wilde and Queen Elizabeth I.
What animal would you most like to be? > Either an owl or a panther - make of that what you will.
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