Three genres I turn to when I want to relax

Words, words, words (that’s actually a Hamlet quote – from Act 2 Scene 2)! As a professional writer, you have to be a professional reader as well. In a way, you’re a text machine where an ingoing feed of text (from latin textus ‘tissue’) is transformed into an outgoing feed.

But when I want to relax and enjoy that the time just slips by, I turn to three genres:

• Thrillers and crime fiction.
• Rock biographies, especially from the surrealistic seventies.
• War memories from foot soldiers.

The last one may seem a bit odd.