Armistead Maupin: ‘How do I relax? Grass’

The author on being in drag, coming out and Donald Trump

Born in Washington, Armistead Maupin, 75, began a column called Tales Of The City in the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1970s; it went on to become a series of nine books that are currently being adapted by Netflix. His 2000 novel The Night Listener was made into a film starring Robin Williams. He moved to London this year and embarks on his first UK tour, An Evening With Armistead Maupin, on 23 September.

What is your earliest memory?

Being in drag: the little girl who lived next door dressed me in an oversized doll costume.

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