Tania Crosse, Mixing business with pleasure

PUBLISHED: 08:37 18 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:43 20 February 2013

Tania Crosse, Mixing business with pleasure

Tania Crosse, Mixing business with pleasure

Tania Crosse is the author of eight novels and the Champion for the Creative Category of the Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards. She lives in Reading

Tania Crosse is the author of eight novels and the Champion for the Creative Category of the Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards. She lives in Reading


Describe your favourite way to spend a day off


Id go for a long walk with my husband, preferably stopping for a light pub lunch en route. When were at our cottage on Dartmoor where all my novels are set we take long rambles on the moor. Sometimes I combine this with some research, checking a view or investigating the ruins of a building, but pubs can be few and far between!


Do you have time for any hobbies?


Not a great deal! But I do enjoy gardening, especially when the suns shining.


What, outside your work, do you feel most passionately about?


There are so many worthy charities and Id like to support them all, so Im delighted to be closely involved with the Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards. I was short-listed in 2009 and am Champion for the Creative Category this year. Its a fantastic opportunity to reward women who dont receive the recognition they deserve, as well as raising funds for such a worthwhile cause.


What sort of music do you like to listen to?


Light classics, Josh Groban, Hayley Westenra, Celtic Woman and an Irish folk-rock group, Mad Dog Macrae.


What book are you currently reading?


The Flight of Swallows by my favourite author, Audrey Howard. Her novels are mainly set in the North-west. Id love to be known as the Audrey Howard of the West Country.


Do you go to the theatre?


Yes. We quite often go to plays at Windsors Theatre Royal, but I love musicals, too. Were going to see War Horse soon and Im really looking forward to that. Ive planned two Dartmoor novels set during WWI, so it might give me further inspiration for those.


Can you recommend a restaurant near you?


The Cinnamon Tree in Mortimer, for those who like high quality Indian food and excellent service.


Where would you take a visitor from abroad for the day?


The National Trusts Greys Court, near Henley. Its a beautiful country house, intimate and quintessentially English.


Tanias latest novel, Lilys Journey, is out now. Do you know a Woman of Achievement in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire or Oxfordshire? Download a voting form from berksandbucks.greatbritishlife.co.uk

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