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My Perfect Weekend…with Marina Fiorato

The weekend is on the horizon and to celebrate we caught up with Marina Fiorato, author of the dark, sumptuous and gothic Crimson and Bone, which is out today, to find out how she imagines her perfect weekend.

Long lie-in or up with the lark?

If I’m in the middle of writing, I’ll get up early. If not, lie-in with a box set.

Full English or a super-food smoothie?

Fry up at weekends. Smoothies in the week.

City break or an escape to the country?

City break. Venice please!

Bookshop browsing or exploring a library?

Library. Older the better. Duke Humfrey in Oxford is my favourite.

Re-reading an old favourite or trying something different?

Can’t beat a re-read. I’ve revisited Brideshead more times than Charles Ryder.

Cocktails or coffee?

I can’t drink caffeine, and even if I could, it would still be cocktails!

Traditional Sunday roast or grand kitchen experimenting?

Sunday roast. I can’t cook them though so I rely on my husband or the pub.

Action-packed or total relaxation?

I’m quite busy at the moment so I like to relax when I can.

Time to write or time to step away from the computer?

Depends how close the deadline is!

Are you off to the latest exhibition or getting arty yourself?

Exhibitions. London is stuffed with great ones, so I take advantage.

Radio 2 or Radio 4?

Radio 4. All day.

The feel of shiny-new book or the smell of a dog-earned classic?

A dog-eared classic. I like books to be well-loved.

Dressing up to the nines or jeans & wellies?

The scruffier the better.

A trip to the cinema or a DVD on the sofa?

Cinema. You can’t beat the full-on experience.