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You should write, first of all, to please yourself. You shouldn’t care a damn about anybody else at all. But writing can’t be a way…
What I really can’t stand about the feminist revolution is that it produced some of the smuggest, most unselfcritical people the world has ever seen.…
It is very enjoyable, writing a story. You get this idea. It takes hold of you. And then you spend day and night thinking about…
I was writing all my childhood. And I wrote two novels when I was 17, which were terrible. And I’m not sorry I threw them…
I see every book as a problem that you have to solve. That is what dictates the form you use. It’s not that you say,…
What really fascinates me is this need that is so strong now that if you read a work of the imagination you instantly have to…
I think a writer’s job is to provoke questions. I like to think that if someone’s read a book of mine, they’ve had – I…
I got married and I had children because of the Second World War, as all of us did, exclaiming, ‘Oh, no, we are never going…
There’s an unconscious bias in our society: girls are wonderful; boys are terrible. And to be a boy, or young man, growing up, having to…
When I started, there were no big interviews, no television, no profiles and all that. The publishers were quite shockingly uncommercial, but they did look…
I do not think writers ought ever to sit down and think they must write about some cause, or theme, or something. If they write…
I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work, and,…
You know, looking at it objectively, I’ve written one or two good books.
You cannot escape the fact that women mould your first five years, whether you like it or not. And I can’t say I do like…
You can’t be a Red if you’re married to a civil servant.
What the feminists want of me is something they haven’t examined because it comes from religion. They want me to bear witness.
When there’s a war, people get married.
Whenever I met anyone who knew anything, I would bore them stiff until they told me what they knew.
Time and distance from the first and second world wars doesn’t seem to lessen their horrors.
We like to think we can solve everything, but we can’t always.
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