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About Colin Galbraith

Q & A


Q: Who is your favourite author?
A: Paul Auster and William McIlvanney. I'm quite into Doug Johnstone's novels too.

Q: What is your favourite book?
A: There's actually two books that I couldn't possibly begin to try and separate: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzheitsyn is a book I read back in high school and thanks to a brilliant teacher, I learnt the beauty of literature and how to actually read a novel. The second is L'Étranger (Trans: The Outsider) by Albert Camus. Ever since I flicked through a copy of it in Fopp in Edinburgh's Rose Street many years ago I've loved it. How can you not be fascinated by any book that has a first line of: "Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can't be sure."? I return to read both of these books every year or so.

Q: What is your favourite book that you wrote?
A: Slick - definitely my best yet and most enjoyable to write. Although Gatecrash is going to top it when it comes out. It's far superior.

Q: Who is your favourite character from one of your own books?
A: Tough one. Probably Dr. Hirsch from Stella. He's a curmudgeonly old bugger that still makes me laugh. Have to say I love DI Lennox as well although I really haven't spent as much time with him as I'd like. And then there's young Jackie McCann, who I'm very fond of and who at the time of answering this question, not many people will know who I'm talking about...

Q: Whats your middle name?
A: Campbell.

Q: If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
A: A chimpanzee. I'm half way there through my personality but I'm just not as hairy or have as long arms as they do yet.

Q: What was the last gift you gave someone?
A: Flowers for my wife. No reason.

Q: What were you like in high school?
A: Troublesome.

Q: What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
A: Frasier. Yes, I still watch it.

Q: Name your five favourite foods?
A: Indian curry, cheese, fresh French bread and I love cannolis.

Q: Do you like spicy food?
A: I love spicy food. I once went on an Indian cookery course and now make all my own favourite spicy Indian meals from scratch.

Q: Do you like chocolate?
A: I live for Maltesers. Their large 360g boxes don't last more than fifteen minutes when I'm around.

Q: What music are you listening to right now?
A: Mogwai. It's a playlist of their gig at the Glasgow Barrowland on 20th June 2015.

Q: What's your favourite music / song / band?
A: Too difficult to answer. My top 5 bands or musicians are Madness, Mogwai, Arab Strap, Pink Floyd and Pixies.

Q: Tell me about something you would happily do again?
A: Go back to Sri Lanka without climbing Sigiriya this time.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I want to be like Rick Witter.

Q: What inspires you?
A: Other (good) writers or a good idea.

Q: What makes you bored?
A: Meaningless questions.

Q: What makes you angry?
A: Ignorance.

Q: What makes you cry?
A: Children suffering.

Q: What are you known for?
A: Acting the clown.

Q: Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?
A: I don't care so long as it's not Spiderman. He's a scary freaky weirdo that climbs walls and waits until you're asleep before jumping out at you.

Q: What scares you the most and why?
A: See previous question on Spiderman.

Q: A penguin walks through a door wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he there?
A: "Which way to the Seychelles, barman? And make mine a Guinness while I'm here."

Q: What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up on?
A: Maltesers.

Q: Are you old-fashioned?
A: In so many ways, and less in others.

Q: Do you like rainy days or snowy winter days more?
A: Snow is crap - it ruins everything and causes this country to crash. Rain is cool and it sounds nice. Rain is a friend. I like fishing when the rain starts; just me and nature.

Q: Which is your favourite part of the human face and why?
A: The eyes.

Q: Which is your favourite body part of the human body and why?
A: Breasts. Men and women in equal measure.