From Arifa Akbar's Q & A with Anna Pavord, author of The Curious Gardener:
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Which fictional character most resembles you?
I read so much more non-fiction that I don't have enough models in my mind.
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Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
Professor Richard Hoggart, who was my tutor at university and who wrote 'The Uses of Literacy'. He was the first person who tried to explain that you can't read George Eliot in isolation from her time or religion, that everything connects. I've tried never to forget that, even when writing about gardening.