Christopher William Hill
Christopher William Hill was born in Truro, in Cornwall - a little jaundiced, but that was to be expected in the grim days of the 1970s. His mother was a former nurse, so Christopher grew up with a copy of Black's Medical Dictionary to hand, which was ideal reading matter for an enthusiastic hypochondriac. He liked acting and putting on silly voices, and collecting ancient relics which he gathered in a large walk-in wardrobe that called his 'museum'. Christopher loves walking, ocean liners, airships, Victoriana and cake shops.
Given the dark anarchic humour in your books, do you feel that comparisons between yourself, Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl have any basis?
There’s a really rich tradition of dark tales for children. I’ve never wanted to write stories that end ‘happily ever after’ – I think many writers feel the same way. Mum had a very dark sense of humour and I am my mother’s son.