Man about the town Gary Johnson is currently reading Ann Cleeves' latest Vera novel, 'The Darkest Evening', but each time he keeps reading what Vera says in a Geordie accent.
'It was right weird, bonny lad,' said Mr Johnson, from somewhere in deepest, darkest London, 'and every time I read a line of dialogue, in my head, it comes out in Geordie. Even the nice team she has around her.'
Lorraine, Gary's long-suffering good lady wife, said: 'He tells me about this all of the time. He has the voice of Ken Stott in his head every year with a new Ian Rankin. Personally, I only ever read intellectual bullshit books, that Stephen Fry does the audiobook for, so I am alright with that.'
Son, Thomas, 15, was upstairs, mooning over schoolmate, Sarah.