I'm intrigued by the way in which physical appearance can often direct a person's life; things happen differently for a beautiful woman than for a plain one.
I've always been fascinated by the operation of memory - the way in which it is not linear but fragmented,… (read more)
Deep down I have this atavistic feeling that really I should be in the country.
We make choices but are constantly foiled by happenstance.
You learn a lot, writing fiction.
The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always spotting some new approach, an alternative way of telling a… (read more)
I didn't think I had anything particular to say, but I thought I might have something to say to children.
I rather like getting away from fiction.
It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency.
Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about where they have come from, who they are.