This is Lucy Robinson. How annoying. Super smart cookie, extremely witty, lovely, talented, stylish, gorgeous, (see above) and about to publish her debut novel, “The Greatest Love Story of All Time”. A novel jam packed with the trials and tribulations of real 21st century messy love and life of a thirty-something, with Gin Thursdays, bottom slapping and an evil cat, which is clearly set to be a smash hit as Stylist love it and Cosmopolitan has deemed it “Romantic and laugh-out-loud hilarious” and has already pinned it on its hotlist for 2012. See, annoying.
You may well already know of our Miss Robinson, for she writes a blog for marieclaire.co.uk where she has entertained (me especially) with her no frills frank (and occasionally petrifying) stories of her hilariously unsuccessful encounters with the wonderful world of internet dating.
Lucy has recently returned home from a one year stint/early mid life crisis (her words) in South America, where she’s been writing her novel, so I grabbed the chance to meet with her and ask her some intelligent and poignant questions before she becomes a global star and won’t talk to me.
We met in Camden Passage and marvelled at all the pretty twinkly things in the shop windows, before heading over to The Breakfast Club, (Lucy’s favourite London haunt) where we drank tea, boogied on our bums (they play GREAT tunes) and I transformed into Poppy-Hard-Hitting-Journalist.
Lucy can be quite rude, so I apologise (mostly to my mum who I know is reading this) if you are offended by the words ‘crack’, ‘crap’, or ‘gobshite’ – she uses all three. Ready? Here you go..
Poppy: Big pants or little pants?
Lucy: Big pants. I think G strings are an abomination. They’re like a cheese slice up your crack. (See? Told you)
Poppy: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
Lucy: In my first ever job I managed to email a picture of my breasts to every single person on my production, including the most senior bosses.
Poppy: Red sauce or brown sauce?
Lucy: Brown. It’s dirty.
Poppy: Which side of the bed do you sleep on?
Lucy: The man and I alternate every night so no one gets the crap side all the time. On the crap side you have to stub your toe on the fireplace to get out.
Poppy: Do you have a skin care regime?
Lucy: Don’t be ridiculous.
Poppy: What is your greatest regret in life?
Lucy: Not allowing myself to act like more of a tit.
Poppy: What is your favourite Spanish phrase?
Lucy: “No rompas los huevos”. It means ‘don’t break your balls’. I had an insults lesson with my Spanish tutor and she advised me to use this on sleazy men in clubs. What I love most about it is that they use the word ‘eggs’ for balls in Spanish. Amazing.
Poppy: What do you buy in duty free?
Lucy: Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent. A classic 80’s power fragrance.
Poppy: What is your favourite item of clothing?
Lucy: Anything with a good sturdy shoulder pad.
Poppy: Who is your favourite comedian?
Lucy: Miranda. I am completely in love with her.
Poppy: What is your guilty pleasure?
Lucy: Phil Collins, pasties or Diet Irn Brew.
Poppy: You’re too talented. What can’t you do?
Poppy: What was your favourite subject at school?
Lucy: Theatre Studies, because it gave me the chance to be a gobby gobshite.
Poppy: Who’s your hero?
Lucy: Tom Stoppard. The greatest writer ever to live on planet Earth.
The interview had to end there as Eye of The Tiger started playing and Lucy wanted to dance.
Published Thursday, 12th April 2012 with Penguin
31 Camden Passage
London, N1 8EA
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