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The best novel I wrote was one called Crusoes Daughter, which never won any prizes. But I was getting somewhere in that. Im not sure I have in any of the others.
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Stories of all lengths and depths come from different parts of the cave. For a novel, you must lay in mental, physical and spiritual provision as for a siege or for a time of hectic explosions, while a short story is, or can be, a steady, timed flame like the lighting of a blow lamp on a building site full of dry tinder.

— Jane Gardam

I think the most dangerous influence for a young writer is to be treated with cynicism or discouragement.

— Jane Gardam

If I've got one thing that I really believe about fiction and life, it's that there are no minor characters.

— Jane Gardam

I hate the idea of sequels. I think you should be able to do it in one book.

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I knew I had a lot to say. Not politically - politics have always confused me - but perhaps spiritually.

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I longed from a tiny child to get away on my own. When I was five, I walked out along the sands from Redcar, nearly all the way to Hartlepool.

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In modern novels, there is no one I want to copy. My style 'is a poor thing, but it is my own.'

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Mum was a tremendous Anglo-Catholic. Very impressive, actually. She made me go to church for years - I still don't want to because of that.

— Jane Gardam

The complexion of a novelist is seldom rosy (Paul Bailey once announced to a heavy-hearted audience of novelists at PEN that we have always been an ugly tribe). We are engaged in indoor activity, haemorrhoidal, prone to chillblains, poor of circulation.

— Jane Gardam

Jane Austen we know never let two men converse alone in any novel because what they said would be unknown to her.

— Jane Gardam

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