No one is sure quite where Sally Prue was born, but she has lived most of her life in Hertfordshire. After dropping out of school she worked in a paper factory and then as a piano and recorder teacher. She has written lots of books for children, the latest of which is Ice Maiden. Sally is married and has two daughters. She blogs at The Word Den.
Why do you blog? > For fun, as a change from writing novels, and to share extraordinary discoveries.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Finding out about vole clocks was good. And so were the exploding cucumbers.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > The words are much more important than the writer.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > Francis Bacon (the one who did everything except paint), Leonardo da Vinci, Gregor Mendel: all people who kept jumping out of their boxes and running off to do something completely different.
What are you reading at the moment? > Life in Tudor England by Penry Williams. It's for research for a pair of stories.
Who are your cultural heroes? > Oh, Jane Austen, J.S. Bach, Alan Coren, Picasso, Turner, P.G. Wodehouse, Reginald Hill, W.A. Mozart, Handel... anyone who can infect me with extraordinary joy. Sorrow is, of course, easier.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Emma by Jane Austen.
What is your favourite movie? > Genevieve, I think.
What is your favourite song? > 'Waft Her Angels, Through The Skies' from Jephtha, by G.F. Handel and Thomas Morel. Heart-breakingly beautiful.
Who is your favourite composer? > J.S. Bach is the one I play to get every day off to a good start.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > I'm not sure I've ever made my mind up to start with, let alone changed it.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > That being unintelligible is a sign of genius.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > Yes, Enjoying Moths by Roy Leverton. It showed me that even things I'm not naturally interested in are fascinating and marvellous.
What is your favourite piece of political wisdom? > The man who knows the field best is the man who follows the plough. (I just made that up, but I hope it counts.)
If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be Prime Minister, who would you choose? > Hmm, suddenly I'm beginning to wonder if I might be turning into an anarchist...
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > Well, I've been writing a book about the last ice age, and I've got a horrible feeling it might be global cooling.
Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come? > Oh, yet to come. I think on the whole we're going forwards, but in a very, very shallow spiral. This does mean, of course, that everyone is constantly heading in almost entirely the wrong direction.
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? > Oh yes. It'd be a constant reminder that I'm probably wrong.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Honesty, every time. Then at least you know whom to avoid.
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > Only if cornered.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > Facebook's really not that important or interesting, is it.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Worrying.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > See above. Worrying is for people with not enough to think about.
What would you call your autobiography? > A slim pamphlet?
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > Hmm, I'm a writer. I think they could probably get by with a cardboard cut-out.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > Nearer the sea.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Playing the piano, reading, gardening, walking, thinking, emails, painting.
Who are your sporting heroes? > David Gower was just so beautiful.
Which English Premiership football team do you support? > Hey, what's with the Premiership thing? If your team gets relegated to a lower division, does this mean you should change sides? My husband's family have been supporting Millwall FC for getting on a century. So Millwall it is. Want to make something of it?
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Some kind clever funny people who speak English: Jane Austen, Bill Bailey, Arthur Marshall.
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