I have written before about Frank Cottrell Boyce, a fascinating author and all-round nice guy. (See here and here and here.)
One of his strengths is that he is difficult to pigeonhole: a homeschooling Catholic parent who used to write reviews for Living Marxism; a scriptwriter for Brookside and Coronation Street who has a D.Phil in 17th Century History; a co-creator of the Olympics opening ceremony who writes great children's books.
In this interview with The Guardian he makes all sorts of interesting points. I've picked out just a few: