Proust Questionnaire: Linden MacIntyre
Linden MacIntyre is a co-host on CBC’s the fifth estate and the winner of nine Gemini Awards for broadcast journalism. His novel The Bishop’s Man, was a number one national bestseller, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction and the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year, and has been published in the U.K. and the U.S. and has been translated into eight languages.
Recently rereleased by Creative Publishing, Who Killed Ty Conn is an investigative work by Linden MacIntyre and Theresa Burke, producer of the fifth estate. It tells the tragic story of Ty Conn’s life of crime and misfortune. Originally published by Viking Canada in 2000, the book has been updated and reissued with a new afterword from the author and a new foreword by author and criminologist Elliott Leyton. A classic in the literature of true crime, Who Killed Ty Conn portrays a man coming to terms with a life of rejection—and the social system that failed to save him.
In March 2012, the much-anticipated Why Men Lie (Random House) will hit bookshelves, a story about Effie, the fascinating sister of the troubled priest at the heart of The Bishop’s Man.
What do you consider your best quality?
Punctuality, when I have time.
A quality you desire in a partner:
Punctuality and passion.
What do you appreciate most about your friends?
Passion and discretion.
Your worst quality:
Your favourite occupation:
Cryptic crossword puzzles.
What is your idea of happiness?
Solitude, a still mind and an easy Guardian cryptic.
Your idea of misery:
Crowds of strangers, the Friday New York Times crossword.
If you could be someone else for a day who would it be?
Myself as I should be.
Where you would most like to live?
Nearest those I love.
The sea and all its hue.
A wise dog.
Your favourite poet(s):
Dylan Thomas, T.S. Eliot, Anna Akhmatova.
John McGahern, William Trevor, John le Carre.
Your favourite fictional heroes:
Leopold Bloom, George Smile.
Your real life heroes:
True public servants in all walks of life.
Your favourite food & drink:
Pasta and Scotch.
What is your greatest fear?
A natural talent you’d like to possess:
How you want to die:
Your present state of mind:
Favourite or personal motto:
Gaelic: Obair la toiseachadh—It’s a day’s work to get started.
This article was originally published in the Holiday 2011 issue of Atlantic Books Today