Terry Ravenscroft is an author from New Mills, in the High Peak area of Derbyshire (UK). He was born there, has lived there all his life and has never wanted to live anywhere else. He has written television scripts for, amongst quite a few others, Les Dawson, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise, Alas Smith and Jones and Not the Nine-o-clock News. He wrote many episodes of the situation comedy Terry and June and the radio series Star Terk Two. He now writes humorous books, 11 up to now with no sign of stopping.
Terry is now marooned on a desert island without any hope of rescue in the foreseeable future. He’s been washed ashore with little in the way of possessions, but thankfully with a pile of books for company. Here are his views on the books he’s brought with him . . .
- Which book would you read when sitting next to a campfire, to keep your spirits up? Any of Tom Sharpe’s earlier books, because they make me laugh like no others.
- If a ship was to appear on the horizon, what would you do when you got aboard – in a literary sense? Check that it wasn’t The Titanic.
- The tide comes in and one of your books floats away. Which one would you least mind losing? Anything by Jeffrey Archer.
- Who from the world of publishing do you think would benefit from being stranded on a desert island? (Not necessarily the same island as you) I’d like to put all publishers on Devil’s Island with a couple of hundred hungry crocodiles.
- If you could choose any writer to be your Man Friday, who would that be? David Lodge – he’d teach me to become a better writer.
- You’ve landed on the island with a single bottle of the drink of your choice. Tell us what that drink would be, and once you’ve drunk it, what would your message be? A bottle of 1985 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. Thank God you didn’t ask me to share it.
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