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Ive met writers who wanted to be writers from the age of six, but I certainly had no feelings like that. It was only in the Philippines when I was about 15 that I started reading books by very contemporary writers of the Beatnik generation.
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I must believe that in words we will find what in fury we cannot.

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A passenger on a road journey is in the hands of a driver; a reader embarking on a book is in the hands of a narrator.

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As a youngster, I think I said I wanted to be a journalist, but that's a disguise for being a writer.

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At 16, I started reading trashy stuff, anything slightly naughty and risque.

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I like inventing things when I write rather than autobiography.

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Sure, cricket on a beach on the isle of Jura is different from a Test match in a stadium in Galle, 6000 miles away, despite the sea air.

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The old idea that you grow wiser as you get older, and you learn from your elders, is actually completely wrong.

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Writing is incredibly important to me as a way of handling the world, understanding how it works.

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A novel means a new way of doing a story. If you go back the origins of a novel, 'Clarissa' - that's not a novel; it's just a bunch of letters. But it isn't! Because it's organised in a particular way! A novel is what you make of it.

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I was very lucky - it wasn't a question of being wealthy; my father was just extremely lucky with the couple of jobs he got. So we got a chance to travel when nobody else could travel.

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If you are writing something, you automatically create a certain distance. It can be very little. Even within the same city you imaginatively have a certain distance from your subject, and at the same time, you have to have a connection.

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Imaginative writing, to me, is a way of discovering who we are and what we have to contend with; discovering what is out there and also what is not there. It enables me to think and explore and make something new with language while trying to make sense of our lives.

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To come to England in the 1970s was to return to this strange other-world of half-known history. I found the imperial architecture curiously familiar: the post office, the town hall, the botanic gardens.

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