“If you lock a monkey and a typewriter in a room for long enough,
eventually the monkey will write you a classic.”
“When I was an annoying atheist child I would argue endlessly about the existence of God with a very patient teacher. His name was Mr Keast. I was chasing the wind. Pointless. One day he told me that despite the lack of evidence, plenty of people do believe in gods, they do because they want to. 'I'm one of them,' he said.
“He was a good teacher, although I was still an annoying child.
“But now I am a man and I have put aside childish things. I'm still an atheist, but I try to avoid chasing the wind.
“So when people ask me if Miro Lavaz really exists, I tell them that though there's no evidence for it, I believe in him. I do because I want to. What harm can it do?”
Simon Passmore is the creative force behind New Globe Books.
Born in Freedom Fields and raised in Cornwall, Simon left school early, working in mental health until he began a degree in Sociology at Goldsmiths in the nineteen-eighties. For the last fifteen years he has written fiction and worked as a teacher in special education. He lives in South London with Rachel.