What is your favourite book of the year?

I loved Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann. I was hooked from the first page by her glorious evocation of place and atmosphere and this dark undercurrent running below everything that happened. I love gin and tonic too, so it also appealed on the level of cocktails!

What is your favourite Picador book ever?

It has to be Waterland by Graham Swift. I read it years and years ago and was entranced by the Fen landscape he conjures – all that fog, all those secrets... I loved the structure too: a kind of endless circling of the story.

What is your most powerful memory of the year?

Sitting in Gordon Square garden in Bloomsbury in the freezing cold with bad phone reception and hearing Francesca Main at Picador offer me a two book deal; it’s not every day your dreams come true!

What was the best movie?

I adored Rust and Bone, which is actually based on a short story by Craig Davidson, published by Picador. It is beautiful, bleak, brutal, heart-wrenching, heart-warming; I just loved it. I read the story the following week and was really interested to see how different it was from the film.