Gerald Seymour's many novels include The Unknown Soldier. From his Q & A with The Independent:
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It has to be, because he has been with me for three or four decades, John Le Carré, through his wonderful ones, and his not so wonderful ones. I'm utterly loyal to him.
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Which fictional character most resembles you?
Maybe the rather more boring administrators from Le Carré's novels; not the one who does things but someone who observes from the shadows.
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Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
There was an ex-policeman who was in Zeebrugge during the ferry disaster who made his body into a bridge to help people get out. He was in the eye of the media storm for about 24 hours, and then quietly disappeared. There was nothing planned in his heroism. It was real. Came the moment and the challenge, he performed.
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