The Mysterious World of…. Angus Mackinnon and James Thorp

The Elephant in the Room is the fantastically surreal new 'whodunnit' book from James Thorp, complete with psychedelic illustrations by local artist and creative Angus Mackinnon (he's a Sheen resident and a parent of East Sheen Primary). The duo are coming to Barnes on Sunday 13th May to host an interactive reading of this hilarious, madcap mystery. Come along to find out who really did smash The Elephant in The Room...

Barnes Children’s Literature Festival: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Angus Mackinnon: The Incredible Hulk.

James Thorp: I wanted to be the man who rakes the sandpit in the Olympics long-jump finals.

BCLF: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

AM: Flip your knickers inside out to keep them fresh.

JT:  Move toward the things you like.

BCLF: And the worst?

AM: Don’t trust men with beards.

JT: Leave your swimming goggles at home.

BCLF: My favourite word is…

AM: Haystack.

JT: Changeable.

BCLF: My greatest fear is…

AM: Forgetting to pack my fingers.

JT: Being eaten by a bogey.

BCLF: My hidden talent is…

AM: Being able to talk to animals.

JT: …silence.

BCLF: Favourite book as a child?

AM: Mrs Moore in Space by Gertrude L Moore.

JT: The Yellow Pages.

BCLF: Who is your favourite literary villain?

AM: HAL 9000 (from Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey series).

JT: The Devil.

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