What do you love about your neighbourhood?
The extraordinarily nice people who live there.
Any pet peeves?
Just silly stuff – shootings, stabbings – that kind of thing.
Support any local charities?
My four daughters.
Top tip to someone who’s just moved here?
Have children. Without them, you will be branded a pariah and drummed into exile.
Juicy local gossip?
Simon London, who runs the Seventh Heaven Quiz at the Masons Arms, is a sleeper for the Russian Intelligence Services, without the knowledge of his wife, Jo. Maybe.
‘The Scent of Dried Roses: One family and the end of English Suburbia, an elegy’, 1996, his acclaimed memoir.
‘White City Blue’, 1999, won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel.
‘Rumours of a Hurricane‘, 2002, is a tragic and hilarious account of life in the Eighties.
‘The Love Secrets of Don Juan’, 2003, ‘The jolliest book I’ve read in a long time. Lott delivers depth with lightness’ – The Spectator
‘The Seymour Tapes’, 2005, ‘Clever, sinister, suspenseful’ – The Times Literary Supplement.
‘Fearless’, 2007, is his most recent novel, is a fictional fable available in adult and children’s versions.