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There often is a dark secret in books… There is often a gathering sense of dread; there’s a gap sometimes in the text from which…
There are certain books that should be taken away from young writers; that should be prised out of their clutching fingers and locked away until…
Recently I read the stories I wrote in my early 20s, to put in a volume. And here is this brittle young woman, writing about…
Ireland is a series of stories that have been told to us, starting with the Irish Celtic national revival. I never believed in ‘Old Ireland.’…
If you grow up in Ireland and read books then you really are obliged to attempt your own some time. It is not exactly a…
I’m very keenly aware that there aren’t very many women writing literary fiction in Ireland and so that gives me a sense that what I…
I’ve heard people, usually writers, say that no one wrote a great book after winning the Booker, but I honestly did not feel any big…
I’m really lucky with the people around me. They know me, so they don’t confuse the issues, really. They know what a book is and…
I write anywhere – when I have an idea, it’s hard not to write. I used to be kind of precious about where I wrote.…
I have a small room to write in. One wall is completely covered in books. And I face the window with the curtain closed to…
I find being Irish quite a wearing thing. It takes so much work because it is a social construction. People think you are going to…
I do wish I could write like some of the American women, who can be clever and heartfelt and hopeful; people like Lorrie Moore and…
I am interested in levels of brain discourse. How articulate are the voices in your head? You know, there’s a different voice for the phone,…
To be able to have the space to sit down and write has always been my central policy.
When I’m working, I’m not so much disciplined as obsessive. I have this feeling that I need to clear everything away and get this down.
It is very hard to trace the effect of words on a life.
I’m quite interested in the absolute roots of narrative, why we tell stories at all: where the monsters come from.
I was raised in a very old fashioned Ireland where women were reared to be lovely.
I work at the sentences. Many of the things people find distinctive about my writing, I think of as natural.
I never wanted to be mainstream as a writer, but look at what’s happened.
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