I’ve been inspired by a multitude of different stories and styles over the years. Here are a few of my favourites:
- The Man Who Drew Cats, by Michael Marshall Smith. I love this story for the way it evokes simple characters.
- The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, by Roald Dahl. As a child I was fascinated by the idea that if I concentrated hard enough I could achieve anything.
- The Problem We All Live With, one of the This American Life episodes that got me hooked. This is a really powerful report on institutional racism in the US education system – I’ve long wondered what a similar story would look like in the UK.
- A Red Dot, from Love & Radio. A report following an unusual advocate, dealt with in a very open way.