Simon Heffer

Simon Heffer is a journalist, columnist and writer, currently Assistant Editor of The Daily Telegraph. His latest book on the English Language, Strictly English, has just been published by Random House.
How did you start playing bridge?
I was taught by other boys at school when I was 11 or 12.I was already quite a serious card player, notably cribbage and whist.
How often do you play?
Not often enough. Two or three times a year, partly because I am so busy, partly because I have a family of non card players. But I do have a bridge computer that I play with regularly.
What does bridge mean to you?
Bridge is the most enjoyable indoor game I know. I never become bored by it.
If you could change one thing about bridge, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything. It is perfect as it is.
What are your hobbies apart from bridge?
Music, films, reading, cricket, photography and architecture.
Name up to four people you would invite to your Dream Dinner Party.
Mr Gladstone, Vaughan Williams, Elizabeth I and Charles Dickens.