If you know somebody is going to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that's obviously very satisfying, and if they howl with rage or cry, that's honey.
I don't think you can tell the objective truth about a person. That's why people write novels.
I don't write books inadvertently.
My kind publishers, Toby Mundy and Margaret Stead of Atlantic Books, have commissioned me to write the life of Queen Victoria.
If you imagine writing 1,000 words a day, which most journalists do, that would be a very long book a year.
Everyone writes in Tolstoy's shadow, whether one feels oneself to be Tolstoyan or not.
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