5 minutes with … Fliss Chester, Novelist

We’re back with our regular series of Q&As with friends, clients and ‘culture vultures’ we truly admire, to share what makes them tick in the colourful cultural landscape.

This time, we sat down with Novelist, Fliss Chester. Her recently-released debut novel: Snowballs! Winter Fun On The Slopes is, in her own words, full of “flirting over the fondue, sexy French ski instructors and devilishly handsome men in hot tubs!”

Indulge yourself in this wonderful piece of literature here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Snowballs-Winter-Slopes-funny-feel-good-ebook/dp/B074QTVH4P


  • One place everyone should visit? – For its mix of both historical and cultural interest and jaw-dropping architecture – Uzbekistan. Especially the beautiful town of Bukhara with its ancient market, azure-blue domes and fascinating caravanserai and madrassas.
  • If you weren’t an author you’d be…? – Like most authors I have another job too – but it’s not without its own joys – I run an independent wine merchant and importer with my husband. Vineyard tours, wine tastings, sample bottles – I’m not complaining! If I had my time all over again though…? I’d love to be a radio DJ!
  • What’s the one thing you never leave home without? – I’d like to say my phone, but I’m so absent-minded at times it becomes less a ‘mobile’ and more of a ‘static’.
  • If you had to choose one dish or drink to have for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Something, anything, everything that contains white Italian truffles.
  • If you relocated for a year, where would you go? – Beautiful, crazy, gorgeous, inspiring, delicious, fascinating, wonderful Italy.
  • What was the last film/theatre production/exhibition you saw? – A private view of ceramic artist Ashley Howard’s latest collection, exhibited in the stunning interior of Guildford cathedral. I love ceramics – there’s something so tactile about handmade pots, from the glaze and textures to indents from the potter’s thumb or the sculpted form of the piece.
  • Everyone needs to pay more attention to… – Shopping locally. There will come a time, if we’re not careful, when smaller independent merchants won’t be able to stay trading due to rents, rates and the rise of the internet. It’s a hackneyed phrase, but when it comes to local shops that really add to your village or town, use them or lose them.
  • Name a book you wish you’d written – Riders by Jilly Cooper.
  • What’s your favourite London landmark? – Can a hotel bar be a landmark? If so, the martini bar at Dukes Hotel in St James’s.
  • What are you looking forward to this year – Starting my third book, which will follow the same characters from my previous two, as the plot involves the gang partying and playing on super yachts in the Med. I’m planning a lot of research trips…

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