Paul Fraser Collard’s top cultural picks

April 8, 2014, Article by Ben Willis in Books

THE SCARLET THIEF author Paul Fraser Collard picks his favourite cultural items…

Band/Artist:  This changes all the time. Right now, I am listening to a lot of Brad Paisley, an American country singer. I do most of my writing on the train so I always listen to music to drown out the background noise.

Film:   Zulu. Ignore all the historical inaccuracies (and there are a few), sit back and enjoy. The film that really first inspired my love of military history.

Book/Author: Has to be Sharpe’s Enemy, by Bernard Cornwell. The best in the Sharpe series with some amazing battle scenes. I must have read this book a dozen times and will certainly do so again.

Beverage: Sam Adam’s Boston Lager, preferably the autumn special, Oktoberfest. And tea. Lots of it…

Holiday destination: Saumur in the Loire Valley, France. Living in the southeast of England means the channel tunnel is close by, making the Loire Valley an easy drive. We go every summer, drawn by the wonderful food, fantastic wine (with Sancerre my favourite!), bustling markets, fascinating chateaux and lively towns and cities.

Sport/Team: I love watching rugby but the best sport to play (now that I am getting old) is golf. After a long working week in the office, spending three to four hours outside is a real pleasure, especially as my home course has wonderful sea views. I am finally closing in on an 18 handicap, not great but good enough for me!