Abir Mukherjee


What’s your favourite tipple for enjoying with a book?

This is the best question ever! For me it has to be a single malt, preferably matured in a sherry cask. Right now I’m particularly fond of a Glendronach 21 year old (that’s a whisky, not a person).

Where are you most likely to have that creative “eureka” moment?

I hate to say it, but in the sauna at the gym. I reckon there’s something in the heat that makes me delirious.

If you could be any character in a book, who would it be?

Winston Smith from 1984. Because I’m a masochist.

What’s the most “peculier” situation you’ve found yourself in while researching a story?

Having to rescue Booker prize shortlisted author Graeme Macrae Burnet from a hut in a forest in India when he was being terrorised by a folk singer.

Do you think you have what it takes to commit the perfect crime?

Absolutely. I’ve already done it and no one noticed.

What would make you a better author but a worse person?

Stealing Ian Rankin’s ideas.