” It’s disturbing at my age to look at a young woman’s destructive behaviour and hear the echoes of it, of one’s own destructiveness in youth. “


” I think some people wished I’d kept myself out of the book. But I kind of insist on it because I want the reader to share my engagement with the material, if you like, not pretend that I’m doing it completely intellectually. “


” I tell you one thing that makes me feel I haven’t wasted my life, and that is I’ve got some grandchildren. You can’t overestimate the kind of opening to the future that gives a person, I think. “


” I think that there must be a point of self-immersion in a story that is a point of no return. You get far enough in that the story has really touched you to the core and deeply troubled you and made you unhappy and fearful, and then how do you get out of that? I’m a writer, so my way of getting out of that is to write. “


” I don’t believe that anything’s totally invented… If you’re completely inventing a story, there wouldn’t be an urge to tell it. “



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