8 Questions with Stuart Turton

Stuart Turton is the author of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle and The Devil and Dark Water.

Photo credit: Charlotte Graham


Which talent would you most like to have?

I would have loved to be good at tennis. That always seemed like a nice life. Knocking a tennis ball around in the sun, in return for massive quantities of cash. I’d have retired at 33, then still had the rest of my life to write books. That would have been awesome.


What is your most treasured possession?

I’m grossly unsentimental. My entire house could burn down with everything in it, and I wouldn’t miss a thing. Maybe I just need better things.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A hike through a steamy jungle to a secluded beach, followed by a swim, a barbecue, and a beer as the sun goes down.


What is your motto?

I don’t have one. Something in Latin about eating well, laughing a lot, and dying in your bed at 94 would be good.


How would you like to die?

In two hundred years I’d like to stop taking the tablet we all take to keep us alive indefinitely, because I’ve finally seen everything, experienced everything, and enjoyed everything.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

Given the above story, that would be a bit of a bastard wouldn’t it.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Righteousness. Everybody in power claims to have it, and nobody knows what it actually looks like. Even the bad guys think they’re righteous. Needless to say, if you claim to have it, you probably don’t.


What is your current state of mind?

Pretty damn sedate. I’m a lucky man doing the job I love in a place I love surrounded by people I love. Life wasn’t always this easy, and I’m determined to enjoy it.