Born: September 22nd, 1933 - Alvechurch, U.K.
Booker Prize for Fiction - 1979
The more you pay attention to the body, the less attention you've got left to pay the soul. I really do understand that.
- Darcy's Utopia
Food. Drink. Sleep. Books. They are all drugs.
- The Fat Woman's Joke
The language of distinction ceases to be available; is no longer available. We must search CD Rom for meanings which once were clear, but now are obscure. The words are too big for the narrow column of the contemporary newspaper. We are all one-syllable people now, two at most.
- Wicked Women
A writer writes opaquely to keep some readers out, let others in. It is what he or she meant to do. It is not accidental - obscurity of language, inconsistency of thought ... it's not for everyone, it was never meant to be.
- Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen
(Interesting review of the letters HERE)