People have been asking me this question a lot since the publication of my book. Others have asked about specific characters and their connection to “real” people – the characters are mostly more an amalgam of real people then they realise – for better and for worse, depending on the character. One of my “villains”, Andy Matthews (who features in The Tipping Competition and A Day at the Top), has been the subject of some considerable conjecture – but is really built on someone I knew fifteen years ago, plus some insights from the various people I spoke to about their own “boss” stories.
Other times, something fun gets said spontaneously and I have to write it down. This happened yesterday while I was watching my oldest son play cricket. The team were sitting around talking about the Rugby World Cup final, played last night. I was not so keen on 13 year olds discussing the odds on offer, but this exchange made my day
Boy 1: France are 4 to 1
Boy 2: No, France are 8 to 1
Boy 3: France don’t even have one!
It was a superb piece of improv that got the laughs it deserved. And strangely prophectic, given that France lost by 1.
Like all the little slices of life that I see now that I’m looking, it was quickly tapped into the Evernote app on my phone for future reference. Not that I’d have forgotten this gem!