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The writer I feel the most affinity with – you said you felt my books are 19th century novels, I think they’re 18th century novels…
The biggest markets for my books outside the UK are France and Italy, and those are the two countries where I also have the closest…
My only regret is that I signed away the world rights and in America they’ve been far and away my most successful books, but I…
It’s only a drawback in the States, where most people seem to have no real interest in other countries and the notion of a novel…
I live a perfectly happy and comfortable life in Blair’s Britain, but I can’t work up much affection for the culture we’ve created for ourselves:…
I have two ideas for novels at the moment, neither of them all that conventional, but I’m not ready to choose between them yet, let…
I became quite taken over by Johnson’s personality at some points while writing the biography, and since I went straight on to The Closed Circle…
Contemporary Britain seems an endlessly fascinating place to me – but if I knew a little bit more about other places, and other times, maybe…
But I have always – ever since The Accidental Woman – written novels about individuals attempting to make choices in the context of situations over…
As I said, I had no publisher for What a Carve Up! while I was writing it, so all we had to live off was…
You would go mad if you began to speculate about the impact your novel might have while you were still writing it.
They were written in the early ’90s when I was strapped for cash.
The more melancholy side of my literary personality is much in tune with BS Johnson’s.
Thatcherism has become bigger than she ever was.
Luckily, in my case, I have managed, by writing, to do the one thing that I always wanted to do.
It seems to me that you would have to write a novel on a very small, intimate scale for it not to become political.
But you can try to read books at the wrong time or for the wrong reasons.
But we are entitled to look for continuity in politics.
But at the same time, I have trouble keeping things out of books, which is why I don’t write short stories because they turn into…
As soon as you start writing about how human beings interact with each other socially, you’re into politics, aren’t you?
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