Carter has been interested in monks and their digestion since visiting Kirkstall Abbey on the outskirts of Leeds and seeing the surviving latrines. “I remember being fascinated by the idea of it being a 900-year-old monastic toilet block,” he said.
Was he an odd child? “There wasn’t an awful lot to do on Sunday afternoons in the 1970s.”
That’s one answer to the long dark teatime of the soul.