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Since then, I have just read and read – but, that said, I suppose there is a raft of writers to whom I return again…
It was a combination of an intense interest in children’s literature, which I’ve always had, and the feeling that I’d just have a go and…
I’m writing another novel and I know what I’m going to do after, which may be something more like this again, maybe some strange mixture…
I have had to empty two family homes during the last few years – first, the house that had been my grandmother’s since 1923, and…
I have long been interested in landscape history, and when younger and more robust I used to do much tramping of the English landscape in…
I can walk about London and see a society that seems an absolutely revolutionary change from the 1950s, that seems completely and utterly different, and…
I’m not an historian and I’m not wanting to write about how I perceive the social change over the century as a historian, but as…
Conventional forms of narrative allow for different points of view, but for this book I wanted a structure whereby each of the main characters contributed…
You learn a lot, writing fiction.
We read Greek and Norse mythology until it came out of our ears. And the Bible.
There’s a preoccupation with memory and the operation of memory and a rather rapacious interest in history.
We make choices but are constantly foiled by happenstance.
The present hardly exists, after all-it becomes the past even as it happens. A tricky medium, time – and central to the concerns of fiction.
I’ve always been fascinated by the operation of memory – the way in which it is not linear but fragmented, and its ambivalence.
The Photograph is concerned with the power that the past has to interfere with the present: the time bomb in the cupboard.
I rather like getting away from fiction.
I do like to embed a fictional character firmly in an occupation.
I didn’t think I had anything particular to say, but I thought I might have something to say to children.
I didn’t want it to be a book that made pronouncements.
I didn’t write anything until I was well over 30.
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