Frank Tallis is a writer and clinical psychologist.
His novels include the Max Liebermann mysteries.
From his Q & A with Boyd Tonkin at the Independent:
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I'm very sentimentally attached to John Meade Falkner, best known for 'Moonfleet'. My own favourite is his ghost story 'The Lost Stradivarius', about a young English aristocrat who gets involved with the occult and pursues a vision of absolute evil. It's often described as the novel MR James never wrote.
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Which fictional character most resembles you?
Given the amount that I've been eating over the festive period: Moby-Dick.
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Who is your hero/heroine from outside literature?
The composer Gustav Mahler. I think he's as close as you can get to a true musical visionary. Leonard Bernstein said that he saw the horrors of the 20th century coming and expressed them in music.