As I never really accepted, that Lucas North was indeed John Bateman or that John Bateman's story in Spooks 9 held any reliable truth in it, I will treat him here as a separate character from Lucas North, the able agent and spy. (It would render MI5 rather incompetent and though I have deep doubt about competence in our current time in almost every sector of life. To fool a whole agency of supposedly excellent spies for years, fool the KGB and its successor as well, fool the Chinese,... That would really be a topic tickling my funny bone, but honestly, I still don't believe a word of it.)
Characterisation of John Bateman
Fortunately, I have pushed the memory of John Bateman far enough to the back of my mind by now.
But what impressed me in the way of John Bateman, was his love of number games and mysteries.
His time spent in Dakar has given him a valuable insight in another world, either of prestige and the moneyed, as well as in the way of how to behave to represent a special image he wanted to create, to drag himself out of poverty. His interest in observing others, while keeping his own emotions in check, was toned and attuned here. So Dakar not only defined his further life, but also the tastes and characteristics he later presents to the world.
Food suggestion for John BatemanTieboudienne (= rice with fish) in any form and variety. (A good description can be found here: PaulsTravelBlog)
Whenever his British roots come out, he would crave fatty fish and chips.
As John Bateman always has secrets, here his biggest: He has a sweet tooth and likes deserts of any kind, especially chocolate cake and in the heat of Dakar lots of chocolate ice cream with fruits, especially strawberries, reminding him of home and his mother and happy times.
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