My favourite books were and are The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical fiction, especially the ones set in Roman Britain like The Eagle of the Ninth and The Lantern Bearers, are also something I’ve gone on re-reading and being influenced by since childhood, as well as Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons series. Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain books (The Book of Three and its sequels), and Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and Moon of Gomrath were also things I enjoyed a lot and that had a definite influence on me as a writer. Eleanor Farjeon’s Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard was another favourite. I have a lot of wandering storytellers and singers in my work; I think Martin Pippin is to blame for that.