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My Perfect Weekend – Kathryn Hughes

Long lie in or up with the lark?  Neither!  A short lie in until about 8.30am

Full English or super-food smoothie?  A nearly-full English, but no bread, sausages or black pudding.

City break or escape to the country?  A long walk, preferably coastal, and then a pub with a beer garden, or if its winter, a pub with a roaring log fire.

Bookshop browsing or exploring a library?  Definitely a book shop.  The books smell better.

Re-reading an old favourite or trying something different?  I am an e-reader addict so I’ve always got something different to try.  The only physical books I buy now are cookery books or books with lots of pictures or photos in them.

Cocktails or coffee?  Cocktails!  Does anybody ever say coffee?

Traditional Sunday roast or grand kitchen experiments?  Sunday roast. There would be open revolt in my house if I tried anything else on a Sunday.

Time to write or time to step away from the computer?  I do not enter my office at the weekend, but a notebook is always to hand ready to jot down ideas as they come to me.

Radio 2 or Radio 4?  I’m not a fan of national radio.  I don’t need to know about roadworks on the A339 near Basingstoke.  I stick to Radio Manchester.

A trip to the cinema or a DVD on the sofa?  A DVD on the sofa because I can pause the film and ask my husband what’s going on and there is nobody behind me munching their way through an industrial-sized bucket of popcorn.

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