” I can bore for England on the subject of James Bond. But I knew I couldn’t do it frivolously, I had to take it very seriously, however much fun I was having. And I had to make myself, you know, absolutely steeped in Bond and in Fleming and that world. “


” When you experience bereavement at a youngish age, you suddenly realise that life is unjust and unfair, that bad things will happen, and you have to take that on board. “


” The last thing you know about yourself is your effect. “


” As a novelist, where do you go to tap into memories, and impressions, and sensations? It’s usually, in my experience, your early life, before you started thinking of yourself as a writer, because somehow those experiences are unadulterated. “


” It’s strange, when I was younger and people would ask, ‘Where are you from?’, I’d say, ‘West Africa’, which was odd because I’m obviously not African, but it was my home. “


” In some ways, you could argue, television is doing far more interesting work than the movies. It’s more fulfilling. “


” With film, you have very limited tools to convey subjectivity – voiceover, the camera’s point of view, good acting – but even the very best actor in the world is crude by comparison with what you can do in a written paragraph. “


” I have always thought if you are going to make a film, it’s much better to have an original script that will play to film’s strengths. “


” What’s important to me is that all of my books are in print – and, in a way, that becomes the challenge, not winning this prize or getting that review. It’s that the work is there, and you can walk into many bookshops throughout the world and buy it. “


” I know many older writers who were very successful and whose books are now out of print, so you have to go to antiquarian booksellers to buy their fifth or eighth novel or whatever it is. “


” At a time when there’s younger writers starting up and it’s inevitable that you’re becoming less fashionable, at a time when the industrial pressures apply more and more to books, how do you keep a book you wrote 28 years ago selling well year on year? Because it really is getting harder. “



All 11 William Boyd Quotes about You in picture


I can bore for England on the subject of James Bond. But I knew I couldn
When you experience bereavement at a youngish age, you suddenly realise that life is unjust and unfair, that bad things will happen, and you have to take that on board.
The last thing you know about yourself is your effect.
As a novelist, where do you go to tap into memories, and impressions, and sensations? It
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In some ways, you could argue, television is doing far more interesting work than the movies. It
With film, you have very limited tools to convey subjectivity - voiceover, the camera
I have always thought if you are going to make a film, it
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I know many older writers who were very successful and whose books are now out of print, so you have to go to antiquarian booksellers to buy their fifth or eighth novel or whatever it is.
At a time when there

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