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MARK PRICE

The former Waitrose business chief tells Lynne Hackles how he splits his time between writing executive titles and children’s books

MY WRITING DAY

Life peer Mark Price splits his writing time between his home in Dorset and his work in London. ‘But the writing time is always the same,’ he says.

‘Now I’ve stepped down from my ministerial role for the government, following three decades in the John Lewis Partners – most latterly as managing director of Waitrose – I don’t set my alarm. It’s absolute bliss to wake when your body tells you to. In London I stay at The Goring when I’m sitting in the House of Lords. I’ve been staying there for nearly twenty years now and they take very good care of me. After one of their delicious breakfasts I head to my writing table in the corner of the terrace bar. It overlooks the garden – a rarity for London. I get quite agitated if someone is in ‘my space’ and the wonderful staff now know that from 9am until 1pm the table is mine when I’m staying. They ply me with pots of black coffee until I wander down to the Lords for a snack lunch and then meetings.

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