Nothing is long ago in an archive, my dear. In the records we treat the dead as same as the living. that’s the whole point of keeping papers. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hundred years or only a few weeks. It’s all filed away, fresh as the day it went under the covers.
Molly Bloom is simply the most sensuous woman in literature.
My fascination with history is as much about the present as it is about the past.
For a novelist, the gaps in a story are as intriguing as material that still exists.
One of Scotland’s most important cultural exports – stories.
Kissing her is like drinking salted water, he thinks. His thirst only increases.
A chap’s impending death has a way of focusing the mind.
It’s always been important for writers to be disciplined but now even more so. In addition to the traditional displacement activities like cleaning the fridge or eating cake writers are faced with a plethora of online possibilities (some of which may be professionally worthwhile as well as interesting and fun). As a writer it’s important...
There’s nothing like a military man, even out of uniform.
I am more one for the story, I think, than the action.
I had loved poetry and the theatre. Now I loved adventure more.
Google maps are one thing but there’s no substitute for pounding the beat and I spent quite a bit of time figuring out how to break into the back of the houses on Belgrave Place. Once I even for followed by a suspicious householder – I’d been hanging around staring at the exterior of his...
I have a really vivid imagination and I find it difficult to read scenes of complete graphic violence. That’s not to say that graphic violence does not exist. It’s just that I find it quite harrowing and I much prefer if it isn’t completely outlined for me because my imagination can do that.
You couldn’t predict what was going to happen for one simple reason: people.