Author: Humphrey Hawksley
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Today’s interview is with Humphrey Hawklsey.
Humphrey Hawksley has reported on key trends, events and conflicts from all over the world. His work as a BBC foreign correspondent has taken him to crises on every continent. He was expelled from Sri Lanka, opened the BBC’s television bureau in China, arrested in Serbia and initiated a global campaign against enslaved children in the chocolate industry. The campaign continues today. His television documentaries include The Curse of Gold and Bitter Sweet examining human rights abuse in global trade; Aid Under Scrutiny on the failures of international development; Old Man Atom that investigates the global nuclear industry; and Danger: Democracy at Work on the risks of bringing Western-style democracy too quickly to some societies. Humphrey is the author of the acclaimed ‘Future History’ series Dragon Strike, Dragon Fire and The Third World War that explores world conflict. He has published four international thrillers, Ceremony of Innocence, Absolute Measures, Red Spirit and Security Breach, together with the non-fiction Democracy Kills: What’s so good about the Vote – a tie-in to his TV documentary on the pitfalls of the modern-day path to democracy from dictatorship. His work has appeared in the The Guardian, The Times, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Yale Global and other publications. His university lectures include Columbia, Cambridge, University College London and the London Business School. He is a regular speaker and panellist including at Intelligence Squared and the Royal Geographical Society, and he has presented his work and moderated at many literary festivals.
Q: On a cold day: coffee, tea, cocoa or something a bit stronger, and why?
A: Coffee. It’s hot, sharp, and it tells you to keep your wits about you.
Q: What is the current book you are promoting?
A: Man on Ice
Q: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
A: Rake Ozenna. He’s tough, vulnerable and perplexed by the woman he loves.
Q: What inspired this book?
A: A visit to the Diomede Islands on the US-Russian border in the Bering Strait.
Q: If you could have your book made into a movie, who would you want to direct it?
A: Paul Greengrass
Q: What is your next project?
A: Man on Edge – a sequel to Man on Ice.
Q: What one person from history would you like to meet and why?
A: Queen Victoria – when she was young to see how uncertain she might have been.
Q: If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
A: Restructure the US Electoral College.
Q: What is one great lesson you have learned as a writer?
A: You’re never finished.
Q: If you could never write again, what would you do?
A: Walk the Pacific Crest trail – and tell stories about it.
Want to learn more about Humphrey Hawksley? Check out his website: http://www.humphreyhawksley.com/