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Writing a novel is a huge adventure; when it’s going well it’s more fun than fun. When it stutters to a halt put it aside.…
When I was young, I couldn’t imagine women of 60 falling in love. For one thing, people used to stay married; they weren’t out in…
Living apart is hardly possible if people have children together. It can also be more expensive to maintain two homes. But then, it’s expensive to…
My perfect day is to work incredibly well in the morning and write something wonderful, then take the dog for a walk and go for…
I work every day from 9:30 or so until lunchtime. In the afternoons, I become a normal person – go shopping and do the garden…
I look in the mirror expecting to be 34 and see someone who is 58. What’s that all about? I haven’t even thought about turning…
I have four Rhode Island Red hens. I get two eggs from them a day. They’re feathered dustbins that eat leftover food and weeds, and…
I found Hollywood pretty bruising and uncreative. The executives are all in thrall to the boss, and spend their times double-guessing him or her, and…
I feel as if someone is going to come along, feel my collar and say: ‘Do you really think you can get people to read…
I am a great believer in having the power to end your life and knowing that, in extremis, you can. But I would not want…
Don’t start writing your novel until you know your characters very, very well. What they’d do if they saw somebody shoplifting. What they were like…
Cycling is the only way to free ourselves from the misery of the Tube, the wall-to-wall buses that line Oxford Street, the hopelessness of even…
My parents were both writers – they would type their manuscripts sitting side by side on the veranda of our house near Watford – so…
Bringing my two children up while writing was just a part of life. I’d much rather have had their interruptions than been stuck in a…
All novelists I speak to about how they started usually say it was by pulling up their roots and going to live somewhere else. You…
Whining writers are a hideous sight; we should really shut up, because we are lucky if we can cobble together a living from all of…
‘Tulip Fever’ did change my life. It did that thing that sometimes happens when a book takes off – it opened doors on to whole…
Psych yourself up until you’re confident that the world will be interested in what happens to your characters. Confidence is key.
Nothing beats weaving through the rush-hour traffic or whizzing past the eternal gridlock that is the Strand.
My first novel, ‘You Must be Sisters,’ was started in Pakistan. I’ve wrote several novels and a TV drama set or partly-set there.
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