PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 April, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 April, 2001, 12:00am

Five years ago, after a stint as a biology researcher, Martin Brookes took up science journalism. He is now the author of three books, the latest of which is Fly: An Experimental Life (Weidenfeld & Nicolson).

Describe Fly.

A story of biology told through the life and experimental trials of the fruit fly.

How important was the timing of the book?

It was perfect. It's 100 years since the fruit fly was first used as an experimental organism.

What issue is playing on your mind at the moment?

How Manchester City are going to avoid relegation from the Premiership this season.

Which book has influenced you most?

Any of Gerald Durrell's books. They defined my childhood.

Who in history would you most like to meet?

Darwin's cousin, Francis Galton, a true eccentric and scientific madman.

Name three buzzwords you hate.

Networking, prioritising, paradigm.

What do you read for fun?

Good reviews of Fly: An Experimental Life.

What was the last novel you read?

Man And Boy by Tony Parsons.

Do you believe in God?

Not yet.

What would you like your epitaph to say?

He wouldn't harm a fly.