as Dorothy Gale
Writer and Commentator
What were you like at school?
I was a swot! I loved classes and was terrible at sport. I got drummed out of the Junior School choir cause I can’t sing on tune as part of a group. To save face, the choir mistress said I could mime until the end of term. Oh the shame!
What inspires you about the Super Power Agency?
Its responsiveness – being able to react to situations, see a problem and step in to help. Also that it is so empowering.
What’s the best thing you have ever eaten?
I was visiting a friend in New York and we wandered into this Italian restaurant, very jet lagged, without noticing several muscly men in camel coats at the door. It was early for lunch but like I said, we were jet lagged. I had the best asparagus risotto of my life and as I came to out of the fug I realised this was 100% a mafia joint. I kept ordering coffee so I could just stare. So, the lesson is, the mafia make great risotto. I’ve never had anything as delicious ever again. Perhaps it was the incipient danger.
If you could only take one book to a desert island with you, what would it be?
This is a tough question because I use poetry as a medicine chest and not taking the collected poems of WB Yeats would seem an odd, but I think if it was genuinely only one book I might have to memorise the poetry and take a novel – so my favourite novel is Water Music by T C Boyle. It is transcendent and I can’t imagine ever getting tired of the story of Mungo Park’s doomed trips up the Niger in 1799 and 1803.