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  1. The last song I listened to… Alt-J’s Tesselate, but I have London Grammar, Kings of Leon and Chvrches on heavy rotation. 
  2. The item I have more of than anything else… Tops with star prints. Podcast subscriptions.  Worn-out metallic handbags that need to be binned.
  3. The last time I went to the cinema… Beauty and the Beast, and Manchester by the Sea.  Couldn’t be more different.  LOVED both.
  4. The thing I could never give up… Cheese, bread, wine.  I never want to find out what life is like without them.
  5. The book (by another author) that I wish I had written… The Sky is Everywhere. It’s so beautiful it gives me goosebumps just talking about it.
  6. The one piece of advice I would give my teenage self… Don’t be so careless with others’ hearts.  And don’t get your nose pierced.
  7. My favourite city in the world… Cadiz, Kuala Lumpur, Perth (Australia) and Newcastle-upon-Tyne – all buzzing, friendly and close to fabulous beaches.
  8. The person I call when I need cheering up… My kids.  They’re rubbish at using a phone, so they tend to be hilarious and shouty.
  9. If I could go back to any time in history… Jane Austen era – for the dresses, the afternoon walks and the repressed passions.
  10. My most used emoji… I wish it was the heart eyes, but it’s the embarrassed/exasperated sigh.  And the star.

Find out more about Kate’s latest novel, The Glow of Fallen Stars.