Category Archives: Interviews: Thinkers and Writers

Jasper Fforde, Part 1: Having Fun with Shakespeare, Mel Gibson and Dodos.

Some established writers are a byword for their genre. Agatha Christie is to whodunits what Barbara Cartland is to romance; while Terry Pratchett is to fantasy what Jasper Fforde is to… well, to what, exactly? This dilemma has made Fforde’s … Continue reading

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Jasper Fforde, Part 2: Shades of Grey – “a different kind of fun.”

When I met Jasper Fforde, he was promoting his Shades of Grey novel. He didn’t do a very good job, as he left me with the impression that it would be dull, compared with his previous work. Having since spent … Continue reading

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Harriet Lamb goes Bananas for FairTrade

Talk to Harriet Lamb C.B.E. without mentioning bananas? You might as well write a biography of Richard Nixon that skipped over Watergate or write about the FA Cup without mentioning Wembley. Their bold shape and colour may match her driving … Continue reading

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Paperback (and Hardback) Writer: Steve Turner on his book Beatles ’66

Writer Steve Turner must have one of the best jobs in the world. He gets to be creative every day, writing about things and people that interest him. He has the platform to put out his view of the world … Continue reading

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Philip Yancey on Prayer

In the business world, inventors can make a fortune by giving shape to simple ideas that affect nearly everyone, such as the tetra-pak milk carton and cats’ eyes in the road. The millions-selling author Philip Yancey does a similar thing … Continue reading

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Tom Wright: Pulled between the People and the Page. Part 2 – the Page

The second part of my 2012 interview with Tom Wright looks at the pull of academia. We discuss 3 of the bishop’s recent books, touching on Rob Bell, Paula Gooder, C.S. Lewis and the afterlife. For most Christians, theologians are … Continue reading

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Tom Wright: Pulled between the People and the Page. Part 1 – the People

Those of us who struggled towards the end of our schooldays, wondering with ever-increasing panic what we would do for a career, might consider Tom Wright one of the lucky ones. He seems born to the role he has taken … Continue reading

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Brian McLaren – This Charming Man or Bigmouth Strikes Again?

Derek Walker meets the thinker that Time Magazine called a “paradigm-shifter”. Anyone who smiles as much as Brian McLaren does is either a very contented man or a politician. After meeting him, I still wasn’t sure which I took him … Continue reading

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Talking Sausages and Derivatives with Gillian Tett

Key people should have listened to this journalist back in the mid-noughties. The Financial Times’ Gillian Tett is still getting used to being on the ‘wrong’ end of a microphone. As the Press Association’s current Journalist of the Year, hard … Continue reading

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