WHO'S WHO: Writer Roger Morris
Writer Roger Morris has lived in Crouch End since 1985 and is married with two children. He is the author of three novels – Taking Comfort, which is partly set in Crouch End, A Gentle Axe, and A Vengeful Longin which is released in February. Roger will be
Writer Roger Morris has lived in Crouch End since 1985 and is married with two children. He is the author of three novels - Taking Comfort, which is partly set in Crouch End, A Gentle Axe, and A Vengeful Longin which is released in February. Roger will be at Waterstone's Hampstead next month to discuss 'Gas-lit Vices' with a number of other north London historical crime writers
What do you like most about Crouch End?
A lot of people think it's a pain that Crouch End isn't on the Tube, but I think that contributes a lot to its village character and is a good thing. If there was a tube station here it would be too easy to get to and too many people would come here. As it is, if you're in Crouch End, you're here because you really want to be.
What is the worst thing about the area?
I asked my wife about this and she said dog poo, so I'll go with that.
WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE LOCAL BUILDING?
- 1 The man who wants to put trains among the trees from Muswell Hill to Highgate
- 2 Cops swoop on cannabis farm rumoured to be 'largest ever' busted in Haringey
- 3 Highgate pub gets the go-ahead to reopen
- 4 Landlord scales back 40% rent rise - but it is too late for some tenants
- 5 Ricky Gervais behind new benches for people grieving to 'talk and reflect'
- 6 Could Adama Traore be on his way to Tottenham?
- 7 'Ruining our vibe': Muswell Hill coffee shop divides community opinion
- 8 Discover north London’s ‘lost’ synagogue
- 9 Covid patient numbers levelling out after Christmas rise, data suggests
- 10 Autistic TV presenter joins Hampstead pupils for 'most wonderful day'
The clock tower, of course. I don't wear a watch, so I use it when I'm out and about. Besides, it is the symbol of Crouch End. My favourite place, although it's not a building, is Queen's Wood.
Which is your favourite local restaurant/shop?
For the shop, I'd have to say Prospero's Books, so long as they keep stocking my books! The restaurant we use most is O's - but for takeaway mostly.
What do you like to do in the area at weekends?
On Saturday mornings I take the kids for their swimming lesson and do some lengths myself. Then we go to Sable d'Or for breakfast. It's a nice way to start the weekend. After that, it's all downhill. No, not really. It's a question of making sure the kids have done their homework, trying to get them out of the house for a bit of fresh air and exercise, doing any chores - my job always seems to be vacumming the stairs. Doesn't sound very exciting, does it?
Who was the last celebrity you saw in the area?
Peter Capaldi at Park Road pool. He was looking for the changing room. He seemed a bit confused by the temporary layout. I see him a lot actually. I think he might be stalking me.
What book are you reading at the moment?
Roseanna by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, a Christmas present from my daughter. Brilliant police procedural crime novel, one of the earliest and best.
If you had a million pounds to spend in a day what would you do?
I'd buy a million different things in a pound shop.
If you were mayor for a day what would you do?
I would introduce free bicycle hire. I saw this in Switzerland - there are booths where you can pick up a bike, free for the day. If they can do it over there, why can't we over here? Oh I know, because everyone will nick the bikes. Bit sad really.
What would your epitaph be?
He had a go.