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When I began I thought that literature was contained within a bubble that somehow floated above the world commented upon by newspapers. But I became…
My father’s drinking was sometimes a problem. And a great deal went unspoken. He was not particularly acute or articulate about the emotions. But he…
It’s good to get your hands dirty a bit and to test how you see things at a given point. And it’s very pleasing after…
I think of novels in architectural terms. You have to enter at the gate, and this gate must be constructed in such a way that…
How often one reads a contemporary full-length novel and thinks quietly, mutinously, that it would have worked out better at half or a third the…
I put it to you that there are no British poets, there are no British novelists. I have heard myself described as one, but I…
As regards literary culture, it fascinates me that it has been so resilient to the Union. For example, when T.S. Eliot wanted to become poet…
You enter a state of controlled passivity, you relax your grip and accept that even if your declared intention is to justify the ways of…
My parents were keen for me to have the education they themselves never had. They weren’t able to guide me towards particular books, but they…
London in the ’70s was a pretty catastrophic dump, I can tell you. We had every kind of industrial trouble; we had severe energy problems;…
It should simply be an empirical matter whether the climate is changing or not and whether we’re responsible. But the various sides of the debate…
I apologize for being obvious, but every time I watch the curtain come down on even a halfway decent production of a Shakespeare play I…
We overvalue the arts in relation to the sciences.
The moment you have children and a mortgage you want things to work; you’re locked into the human project and you want it to flourish.
Something is missing in our culture. We can’t quite celebrate the scientific literary tradition.
Some people are tied to five hundred words a day, six days a week. I’m a hesitater.
I always used to deny this, but I guess what I’m really saying is that I was writing to shock… And I dug deep and…
Oh, I’ve become immune to the Booker. I think we need something a little more like the Pulitzer prize, where there isn’t this great race.
In my experience an appreciative letter from a fellow writer means a lot.
I’ve yet to meet somebody who said, ‘Your stories are so revolting I couldn’t read them.’
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