The #QuercusSummer Quiz

Paul Engles, editor of MacLehose Press takes our quick-fire quiz


What would you pick as your perfect poolside read?

I might go nuts and re-read Game of Thrones or Conn Iggulden's War of the Roses series. Though last time I was away I read a submission that ended up being too good to turn down: The President's Gardens by Muhsin Al-Ramli, out in April.

What five items would you take with you to a desert island?

A drum kit, a kindle, an ice cream van, a Blackadder Boxset and a football (and 9 other people to play with if possible).

If you could travel for 6 months with a fictional character, who would that be?

Oedipa Maas from The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. We'd be guaranteed crazy adventures.

Describe the best meal you’ve had while on holiday

Fresh fish from the sea in Sri Lanka -- but bear in mind that was the most recent holiday.

What’s your favourite setting in a book that you’ve read?

The world building in A Song of Fire and Ice is the most convincing I've ever come across. Jurassic Park would be fun to visit, of course. 

Quick fire round

Beach break or city break? City

Hot climate or cold climate? Hot

Plane or boat? Boat

Scuba dive or pedalo? Pedalo

Sandcastle or bat and ball? Sandcastle

UK or abroad? Abroad

Pool or beach? Beach

Have you ever had a nightmare holiday? I went one too many times to celebrate King's Day in Amstersdam. And the vibe is changing there, seems more narrow-minded to me.

If you could do any job in the world, what would it be? I'm not falling for that one!