On my radar: Daniel Handler, AKA Lemony Snicket, on his cultural highlights

The US children’s author and novelist on a sublime musical trio, how spices reinvigorated his cooking, an addictive ‘mid-19th century’ BBC panel show and being floored by a new jazz track

Born in California in 1970, author Daniel Handler is best known for A Series of Unfortunate Events, 13 children’s books written under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series, Farshore is publishing new editions with covers illustrated by Emily Gravett; the first six – The Bad Beginning, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, The Reptile Room and The Ersatz Elevator – are out now. Handler’s books have sold more than 70m copies and been adapted for stage, film and television. He is also the author of seven novels, and his memoir And Then? And Then? What Else? is published on 4 July. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

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