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If you’ve really loved a book, or a movie for that matter, really loved it, what you want is that same book again, but as…
I know, speaking for myself, no matter what I’m able to do, no matter what book comes out and ends up on paper, I always…
Here’s a secret. Many novelists, if they are pressed and if they are being honest, will admit that the finished book is a rather rough…
Before there was any talk of a movie, people would sometimes ask me what actors I would imagine playing these characters. And the only thing…
A certain slightly cruel disregard for the feelings of living people is simply part of the package. I think a writer, if he’s any good,…
You have started the book with this bubble over your head that contains a cathedral full of fire – that contains a novel so vast…
Virginia Woolf came along in the early part of the century and essentially said through her writing, yes, big books can be written about the…
On a summer night it can be lovely to sit around outside with friends after dinner and, yes, read poetry to each other. Keats and…
Language in fiction is made up of equal parts meaning and music. The sentences should have rhythm and cadence, they should engage and delight the…
I love movies, I love television, I love narratives of all kinds.
I just don’t feel much interested in the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
I have no useful theories about love and marriage.
As writers we must, from our very opening sentence, speak with authority to our readers.
Like my hero Virginia Woolf, I do lack confidence. I always find that the novel I’m finishing, even if it’s turned out fairly well, is…
As any student of literature knows, the books that last are often not the books that are most popular when they are written. Both ‘Moby…
I seem to produce a novel approximately once every three years.
I encourage the translators of my books to take as much license as they feel that they need. This is not quite the heroic gesture…
Virginia Woolf’s great novel, ‘Mrs. Dalloway,’ is the first great book I ever read. I read it almost by accident when I was in high…
I revise constantly, as I go along and then again after I’ve finished a first draft. Few of my novels contain a single sentence that…
I suspect any serious reader has a first great book, just the way anybody has a first kiss.
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