Getting To Know…
Anton du Beke
● 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).