John le Carre
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John le Carre
You have no idea how humiliating it was, as a boy, to suddenly have all your clothes, your toys, snatched by the bailiff. I mean…
Well, certainly I don’t think that there are very many good writers who don’t live without a sense of tension. If they haven’t got one…
Remember Graham Green’s dictum that childhood is the bank balance of the writer? I think that all writers feel alienated. Most of us go back…
I do believe very much in movie as a one-man-show. I think that where I’ve watched movie go wrong, it’s usually because the dread committee…
We lie to one another every day, in the sweetest way, often unconsciously. We dress ourselves and compose ourselves in order to present ourselves to…
If I had to put a name to it, I would wish that all my books were entertainments. I think the first thing you’ve got…
I made a series of wrong decisions about moderately recent books, and I’ve sold the rights to studios for ridiculous amounts of money and the…
People who’ve had very unhappy childhoods are pretty good at inventing themselves. If nobody invents you for yourself, nothing is left but to invent yourself…
You should have died when I killed you.
I taught principally German language and literature at Eton. But any master with private pupils must be prepared to teach anything they ask for. That…
Totalitarian states killed with impunity and no one was held accountable. That didn’t happen in the West.
There are some subjects that can only be tackled in fiction.
To give the best of the day to your work is most important.
If there is one eternal truth of politics, it is that there are always a dozen good reasons for doing nothing.
I happen to write by hand. I don’t even type.
I don’t think that there are very many good writers who don’t live without a sense of tension. If they haven’t got one immediately available…
Novelists are not equipped to make a movie, in my opinion. They make their own movie when they write: they’re casting, they’re dressing the scene,…
I’ve always had difficulties with female characters.
I think I’m in the same mood as ever, but in some ways more mature. I guess you could say that, at 65, when you’ve…
I think that where I’ve watched a movie go wrong, it’s usually because the dread committee has been interfering with it.
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