Our next book club reading has been decided! After a furious polling, the winner is… …Zeynep Tufekci, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest.
Led by James Naughtie, readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels
History is not something that is behind us, it is something that we move through
History is never cut or dry, because it happened that way, it doesn’t mean it had to happen that way
We have to think of [fiction] not as an addition to history or an alteration of history, we have to think of it as a parallel record, because fiction deals with that which by its nature never comes along to the historical record. The private life, the private thought, the private word, the unexpressed impulse, the thought repressed, the dream, the inner being, the workings of the psyche
The problem with anyone who talks well is that they often talk too much
Eventually I achieved sharing as a moral imperative, but I never learnt it
A book is made by two people – a writer and a reader
You don’t really research fiction, except through life
I know there are failures on every page and I am tormented by that. That is why I write another book, so that I can get it right.