Since she began writing for the NME as a teenager in the 1970s, Julie Burchill has been one of the best-known and most talked-about journalists in the UK. Over the last 30 years, she’s written provocative pieces for a wide variety of British publications, from the Sun to the Observer. She is currently a columnist at the Independent. She’s also the author of bestselling novels Ambition and Sugar Rush.
EDITED ON NOVEMBER 25TH, 2010: Since completing this questionnaire, Julie has made it crystal clear that she still thinks our entire nation, presumably including us, are rabidly anti-semitic, Vatican-worshiping, anti-feminist, homophobic imbeciles (she probably missed the two times we elected feminist, gay-friendly, female presidents). Thanks, Julie!
What was the first record you ever bought?
BAND OF GOLD by Freda Payne. Fitting, as I have been married thrice.
What’s your favourite smell?
My husband Dan on holiday in a hot country when he hasn’t washed for three days.
Have you ever had a nickname?
Dan calls me ‘Linda’ and my best friend Katie calls me ‘Emma.’ Does that count?
What is your favourite room in your house?
Where the magic happens, of course… in front of my Bang & Olufsen TV.
What are your guilty pleasures?
I cannot feel guilt – never have done. There’s something wrong with me.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
That I am super-religious.
Who is your closest female friend?
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
Be serious! I’m 51!
Where would you most like to live?
Tel Aviv, Israel.
Who was your first kiss and where did it happen?
With Kevin Sweet, aged 5, behind a bookcase in Bristol Broomhill Mixed Infants. I can still remember it so it must have been hot?
What’s the most unusual question you’ve ever been asked?
‘Can we split the bill?’ I pay for EVERYTHING – hate the idea of going Dutch. EEEK!!
What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?
I don’t remember – I don’t care for presents.
What is your favourite word?
Israel. Pronounced in the Hebrew way – ISS- RAY-ELLE.
Who was your first love?
If you weren’t doing what you do, what might you have become?
Is there a book you’ve bought several times as a gift for someone?
SO MANY! FREAKONOMICS, THE GORSE TRILOGY, HANGOVER SQUARE, COLD COMFORT FARM, SUGAR RUSH, NOT IN MY NAME – the list is endless!
What happens after we die?
I don’t know, and look forward to finding out.
What female historical figure do you admire most?
Sum yourself up in three words:
Fun, tough, generous
And finally… What are you anti? What are you pro?
I am pro-freedom, and anti-oppression. OMG! CORNY OR WHAT!