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On tour: Ben Aaronovitch

British author Ben Aaronovitch is best know for the ‘Rivers of London’ series, which follows a young officer in the magical and supernatural branch of the Metropolitan Police. His latest book in the series is The Hanging Tree (Gollancz). He will be visiting Sydney and Brisbane in March.

What would you put on a shelf-talker for your latest book?

Please buy my book I’ll be your bestest best friend—honest.

What are you reading right now?

The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed (Norton).

What are you planning to read next?

I’m looking at this huge pile right now, each of them an undiscovered country and could choose to travel to any of them. Although possibly, on a practical level, I may read a guide to Australia instead.

Which book do you always recommend?

I always recommend Pratchett and with such regularity that acquaintances cross the street to avoid me.

What was the defining book of your childhood?

Star Ranger by Andre Norton (Orion), my first ever proper SF book.

If you were a literary character you’d be …

Bertie Wooster. At least I reckon he has the most comfortable life of any literary character I know of.

What’s your favourite book adaptation (film, television or theatre)?

I had to think about this and weirdly, if I’m honest, it’s How to Train Your Dragon.

What’s your favourite books website or blog?

Den of Geek.

Hardback, paperback or digital?

All of the above.

Facebook or Twitter?

Twitter because Facebook seems way to much like hard work.

In 50 years’ time books will be …

Available on formats that we haven’t even dreamed of yet—but still recognisably books.

(Photo credit: Sabrina Aaronovitch.)



Category: On tour