I care about a lot of issues. I care about libraries, I care about healthcare, I care about homelessness and unemployment. I care about net neutrality and the steady erosion of our liberties both online and off. I care about the rich/poor divide and the rise of corporate business.
You can’t trust anyone you have to pay, and really, they can’t trust you.
Scotland consistently produces world-class writers.
When a chap is passionate, the readership can sense it.
Britain wouldn’t have won the war without its eccentric geniuses.
I hope that, whatever happens within the publishing industry, because of the increased control writers have of their own careers, better sales information and the advent of the internet, that ultimately this change in our working environment will be a change for the better.
They march into the future to the rhythm of the past.
This investigation felt difficult, like driving in fog.
Being a writer is a more difficult job than people imagine.
It was so difficult to dress appropriately when the seasons changed – the British weather was the nothing if not erratic. Spring was the worst – freezing in Brighton this morning and then practically tropical in Knightsbridge in the afternoon.
Most fellas like the races, though, Miss. It’s only human nature
You spill a lot of beans in historical fiction. Crime fiction is about spilling no beans at all. You spill the least beans you possibly can. So because I had already written historical fiction before I was really good at the spilling beans section, but the new skill I had to learn when I was...
As a historical novelist, there are few jobs more retrospective.
I love writing, and just as much, I love undertaking research.
You’ve got to make an effort to get the details right, because even through someone picks it up and knows it’s a novel, they know someone’s made it up and they know it’s not real, if you make a small mistake they will cease to imaginatively engage with the story.
Our business is communication oftentimes through the medium of stories but our capacity has a far greater scope – to entertain certainly, but also to stimulate debate, to mark up changes and differences and that way, to maybe, just now and then, to change the world.
It’s entirely possible to base an entire book on a long-forgotten letter.
As a reader you recognise that feeling when you’re lost in a book? You know the one – when whatever’s going on around you seems less real than what you’re reading and all you want to do is keep going deeper into the story whether it’s about being halfway up a mountain in Brazil in...