When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Something associated with speed: a police car driver, a rally driver or a racing car driver.
What was the best careers advice you were given?
Most of the careers advice I was given came from those aptitude tests and they suggested I should be a civil servant. Which I wasn’t particularly interested in doing.
Describe yourself in three words
Driven, curious, enthusiastic.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
Persuading people to talk when they don’t initially want to. This can sometimes include press officers, who seem to think their job is to prevent the release of information rather than letting people know what is going on.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
My books: there is a special sense of achievement when you’ve been working on something for such a long time and you finally get to hold it in your hands.
What drives you?
An interest in so many different things, many of which are sorely under-investigated, and a desire to find out more about them.
What single thing would most improve the quality of your life?
A couple of extra hours a day so I can write as well as do the day job. I love my job so I wouldn’t want to give it up, but having more time for my own pursuits (and my family) would be wonderful.
What three objects would you take with you to a desert island?
A wind-up radio, a knife and one of those enormous American fridges full of chocolate.
Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?
Producing radio documentaries and writing books. I hope, too, that I’ll be able to help people get into this business who haven’t had all the opportunities I have.
How would you like to be remembered?
I’d like to be remembered well, and hopefully as someone who gave a little back.
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Warwick?
Making great friends, my first love and just being immensely stimulated by great courses and some brilliant teaching.
Do you have any advice for new graduates and undergraduates?
Focus on what you really love or feel passionate about. If that means money, good for you, get a job where you can earn a lot. But if that isn’t what rings your bell, then find something you feel passionate about and do that, because you’ll spend most of your life working and you may as well enjoy it.
Anything else you would like to add?
Squeeze as much out of life as you can.
Giles Edwards: the facts
|Career||Journalist and documentary producer for BBC Radio, author|
|Interests||Writing, walking, driving, my family.|