Get­ting To Know…

An­ton du Beke

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● I al­ways thought writ­ing a novel was for peo­ple who lock them­selves in a shed at the end of the gar­den. I’m at my best when I’m col­lab­o­rat­ing with other peo­ple, so it was ter­rific work­ing with a team from the pub­lish­ers on my book. ● The ball­room has a part in my novel, but it’s not about danc­ing specif­i­cally. It’s set in­side an ex­clu­sive ho­tel in 1936 and is mainly about the peo­ple, their re­la­tion­ships, the go­ings-on and the up­stairs/down­stairs lives. From the turn of the cen­tury to just af­ter the Sec­ond World War is the most fas­ci­nat­ing time of his­tory – so much hap­pened. ● I never mind who I get paired with on Strictly. I’ve had the most won­der ful ex­pe­ri­ences with the most in­cred­i­ble women on the show. I’ve had Ann Wid­de­combe, Ruthie last year, Judy Mur­ray, Jerry Hall, Kate Gar­raway and Nancy Dell’Olio. For me, that is Strictly Come Danc­ing! If I want to dance in­cred­i­bly then I’ll dance with one of the pro girls. ● Rude­ness drives me crazy! Some­body was rude to my wife the other day. She was try­ing to park the car and get the two ba­bies out and this fella shoved into a park­ing space so she could barely open her door. She said, ‘do you mind?’ and he made a rude ges­ture. I’m glad I wasn’t there, be­cause we’d have had a nasty in­ci­dent.

One En­chanted Evening by An­ton Du Beke is pub­lished on Oc­to­ber 4 (HB & eBook, £18.99, Zaf­fre).

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