My weekend: Author Nigel Spriggs

Nigel Spriggs

Nigel Spriggs

Stuart Piper with his wife Debbie and children Megan, 10, and 12-year-old Abigail  Picture: Sarah Standing (170385-8300)

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Hedge End author Nigel Spriggs’s debut novel, Broken, has been adapted into a film released this weekend starring Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth. His pen name is Daniel Clay.

When did you last go away and where did you go? 

My wife and I went to Lake Garda for a week last September. The idea was to escape the miserable summer we were having over here but it was tipping down when we arrived. Luckily, it was beautiful there even though it rained on and off the whole week.  

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to? 

The Isle of Wight Festival the year before last. Among many others we saw Kings of Leon and Kasabian and, along with many others, we queued for the toilets. It was great. Except queuing for the toilets. After three days of partying, that’s not ideal.

What about the last theatre show you saw?   

American Idiot at The Mayflower. That was good. But, the year before, we saw Quadrophenia (at The Mayflower as well) and that was beyond good – absolutely immense.

 

The last book you read?   

The View on the Way Down by Rebecca Wait. It’s not actually on sale until April but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a proof copy. It’s a story about the repercussions a suicide has on the surviving family members. It’s beautifully written and really sensitively handled – so I’ve got my fingers crossed it’s going to be a huge hit.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?   

It was the film adaptation of my own novel, Broken, about a young girl in a coma, how she came to be in a coma, and the thought process she goes through as she decides whether to live or to die. It’s just gone on general release but probably won’t be in cinemas down here until later on in March (at Harbour Lights in Southampton from 22 for a week).

What’s your favourite way to relax?  

Walking our dog at Manor Farm.

What do you watch on TV?

I was a huge fan of The Office, so now I’m a huge fan of the American Office. It did take some getting used to, but now I’d be hard pressed to choose which I preferred.

 

And which TV programmes do you avoid?  

Soaps. I grew up watching Coronation Street and then EastEnders . That was the thing we used to do together as a family when I was a child. But now I waste huge chunks of my life on Twitter instead.


Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with? 

Most of the people I really admire – Paul Weller, for instance, or writers of favourite novels such as Clive Barker or Rupert Thomson – I get the feeling they might not be that easy to get on with. Plus a weekend’s a long time. I think I’d rather just sit in a room on my own and make something up.  

Where’s good for a day out locally? 

A cycle route through the New Forest, starting and finishing at Brockenhurst train station and stopping at the Turfcutters Arms half way.

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