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Food in wartime Britain, she had to admit, was hardly inspiring.
I can't bear literary snobbery.
In a heartbeat, he understands why religions are born on the sands – there is nothing here for a man but his own mind.
Copywriters, journalists, mainstream authors, ghostwriters, bloggers and advertising creatives have as much right to think of themselves as good writers as academics, poets, or literary novelists.
Today is the anniversary of my husband’s death, " Maria announced. It was a dramatic statement, but the occasion seemed to demand it. "And I am going to leave.
If you've been hurt and you've grieved and you've been through the mill, it takes a long time to get over it.
Books have a vital place in our culture. They are the source of ideas, of stories that engage and stretch the imagination and most importantly, inspire.
When you think about the period in which Agatha Christie's crime novels were written, they are actually quite edgy for the time.
Molly Bloom is simply the most sensuous woman in literature.
I've always been attracted to stories about rebels - things that are unusual and sometimes dangerous.
I decided to coin the term 'cosy crime noir' for Brighton Belle. That is 'cosy crime' for today's sensibilities because there is that slightly edgy element to it.
I wondered if that was what I was doing myself – caring so much about something that was so long gone that I was only propping it up.
Once they have dedicated themselves to a cause, women will fight to the end for it.
Archive material is vital to the writer of historical fiction.
History is full of blank spaces, but good stories, invariably, are not.
The best historical stories capture the modern imagination because they are, in many senses, still current - part of a continuum.
I love stories that suck you in, that you can't stop reading because you are quite simply there.
It is through our extended family that we first learn to compromise and come to an understanding that even if we don't always agree about things we can still love and look out for each other.
I've always had a keen sense of history. My father was an antiques dealer and he used to bring home boxes full of treasures, and each item always had a tale attached.
We might give her presents, tell some tales, but would she ever be able to really understand what the journey had been like for us?
It seemed to me that these months of watching and listening, second-guessing words and phrases, seeking so much that was new, had somehow changed me.
There were so many wrongs piling up on both sides, so much of the past being dragged into the present, that living there was like carving the story of your life on to a sepulchral monument.
Writing about the 1950s has given me tremendous respect for my mother's generation.
Parts of my 20s and 30s have gone by in a flash but my childhood is with me all the time.
Without archives many stories of real people would be lost, and along with those stories, vital clues that allow us to reflect and interpret our lives today.
It’s not until you’re older that you realise how important the things that happened to you when you were a kid are. Even things you only half remember.
My fascination with history is as much about the present as it is about the past.
The question shouldn't be, 'Are we guilty about our Colonial past?' it should be, 'Why aren't we more guilty about our corporate present?
I knew that I was talented. I was positive about that. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was talented at, but I was ambitious enough to wait it out and see what turned up.
For me, writing stories set, well, wherever they're best set, is a form of cultural curiosity that is uniquely Scottish - we're famous for travelling in search of adventure.
Sometimes life isn’t what we want, it’s what we get.
History was my favourite subject at school and in my spare time I read historical novels voraciously from Heidi to the Scarlet Pimpernel and from Georgette Heyer to Agatha Christie.
Often we don't notice the stringent rules to which our culture subjects us.
As a historical novelist, there are few jobs more retrospective.
He finds himself bored by the shenanigans of highly spirited young men. Their concerns reside somewhere between balder and dash.
Change occurs slowly. Very often a legal change might take place but the cultural shift required to really accept its spirit lingers in the wings for decades.
An important part of deciding where we want to go, as a society and culture, is knowing where we have come from, and indeed, how far we have come.
You couldn’t predict what was going to happen for one simple reason: people.
They march into the future to the rhythm of the past.
You have no future when the past rules you.
I had never really understood what an adventure life could be, if you followed your heart and did what you really wanted to do, which is what we must all do in the end.
I have a very strong sense that we only know where we are by looking clearly at where we've come from.
It’s ridiculous – a girl steps out, goes dancing, gets her hair cut, decides to spend the summer in Italy and it’s a scandal. A chap does it and no one bats an eyelid.
You can’t trust anyone you have to pay, and really, they can’t trust you.
I had loved poetry and the theatre. Now I loved adventure more.
The scraps of information she’d gathered knocked against each other, like balls in a pinball machine in one of the arcades on the front. Secrets drew her in every time – the unsaid.
I am torn between the freedom of this adventure and the benefits of civilization despite its constraints.
Our archives are treasure troves - a testament to many lives lived and the complexity of the way we move forward. They contain clues to the real concerns of day-to-day life that bring the past alive.
If we don't value the people who inspire us (and money is one mark of that) then what kind of culture are we building?
I've been obsessed with stories since I was a kid so it's no surprise that I ended up writing for a living.