From the 1980s:
"My first memory of reading is the book 'Walt and Pepper' by Lisl Weil. It had a huge effect on me. The next big literary moment I remember is reading George's Marvellous Medicine at age 7 whilst at school. I was in love with the story and the idea of concocting a potion in the bathroom. I experimented and decided I loved the effect of smoker's tooth powder with nail varnish remover. Unfortunately this disagreed with my Mum's best M&S beaker and I was banned from future bathroom experiments."