Yes, the character of The Artist in ‘What do you do in a Drawing Room’ is modelled on Rolf Harris.  He was a huge part on my childhood (hardly surprising given my love of both competitive swimming and Art).  I love his Art and his lust for life and if I could have chosen an extra honorary grandfather he would have been a major contender (along with David Attenborough) so it was natural that I should model Leo’s long lost Grandfather on him.  I hope readers didn’t find it too corny?? I didn’t expect the kids to spot it but I always think there should be something for the mums and dads in a child’s book.