Who was the best teacher you've ever had?
When I was 12, I had an English teacher who'd had a fascinating life - he'd been a diamond miner in South Africa, for example - and who had a real passion for his subject. He was probably the first person to make me realise that there were more ways to live than to go through school and university and get a job and so forth.
Once a week he would take a lesson where he would just read aloud to us - usually American authors: Hemingway, Steinbeck, Harper Lee. I can hear his voice as I write this, putting on an American accent as Atticus Finch talks to his children. An amazing, inspiring man.