” There are two types of people, you see. One type keep their heads straight, and look around as they walk. The others look up – at the tops of houses, at the eaves and the lintels and the roofs, which can tell you when they were built – and I’ve always done that. “


” My great fear has always been complete and utter failure. Hence, you see, all the dispossessed people in my fiction, and why I try to earn as much money as I can. It’s a defense. I don’t enjoy it or do anything with it. “


” In London, I’ve always lived within 10 miles of where I was born. You see, there is something called a spirit of place, and my place happens to be London, at least once a fortnight. “


” None of my books has been ever in my head, after they’re finished, they go. It’s like being a sort of medium, you just grab it when it’s there then just release it when it’s time to go. There’s a lot of instinct, not planning. “


” I don’t find myself interesting as a person and the details I find boring, quite frankly. You could sum it up in a few words or sentences really: came from nothing. Self-educated. Luck. Energy. Curiosity. Ambition. That’s it. Nothing at all can illuminate the work as far as I can tell. “


” You don’t have to be brought up in a grand house to have a sense of the past, and I truly believe that there are certain people to whom or through whom the territory – the place, the past – speaks. “



All 6 Peter Ackroyd Quotes about You in picture


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My great fear has always been complete and utter failure. Hence, you see, all the dispossessed people in my fiction, and why I try to earn as much money as I can. It


In London, I
None of my books has been ever in my head, after they
I don
You don
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