Editor Diane Kenwood chatted with comedian Julian Clary at Ministry Of Stories


Julian first found fame as The Joan Collins Fanclub. The flamboyant star is now also a novelist and actor and won Celebrity Big Brother in 2012. His new children’s book is called The Bolds.

Diane Kenwood and Julian Clary

How do you take your tea? Regular builders’ tea?
Yes, I like it weak with just milk. I sometimes go exotic and have green tea but generally…

Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with – living or dead?
The Pope, I’d like to chat with him, he seems very nice, the current Pope.

I always wanted to meet Muriel Spark and I never did, so let’s have Muriel Spark – and Fay Weldon. I have met her and she’s one of those people that you hang on her every word because she speaks rather economically, in the way she writes – pearls of wisdom to be had.

What book did you love most when you were a child?
I liked Swallows And Amazons by Arthur Ransome – a charming world you could escape into, adventurous and so on. I didn’t read children’s book for very long because my mother’s bookshelves had Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence and I started reading those in the school holidays.

I had a suburban childhood, but we were right next to Bushy Park in Teddington and there was lots of cycling and running around with my sisters but there were no boats involved.

What’s the book as an adult that’s influenced you the most?
Stop Thinking, Start Living by Richard Carlson, which is a self-help book really but it’s a philosophy of life, kind of Buddhist, because it’s about living in the moment and not worrying about things.

I tend to fret and it teaches you about letting things go and living in the present moment. I still have a copy by the bed. You need to refresh yourself now and then.

See the video of Diane’s full interview with Julian below…


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