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I wanted to be a writer from the moment that, at the age of 14, I silenced a class of my peers while reading out a love poem I'd written. In fact is was less of a love poem (what does a 14 year old know about that?) and more of an anxiety poem, which was why everybody identified with it. The intensity of those adolescents listening to my words amazed me. There was a certain buzzing quality to the stillness. It took another 24 years before I published my first novel. And that was the other thing I found out at school: persistence.
Nobody encourages you to be a writer. The opposite is more the norm. They know you’re headed for a very difficult life and not just economically, although that’s the prominent horror in the minds of your parents. W...more


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“Loss is like a shrapnel wound, I said, where the piece of metal's got stuck in a place where the surgeons daren't go, so they decide to leave it. It is painful at first, horribly painful, so that you wonder you can live with it. But then the body grows around it, until it doesn't hurt anymore. Not like it used to be. But every now and again there are these twinges when you are not ready for them, and you realize it is still there, and it's always going to be there. It is a part of you. A still, hard point inside.”
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“They crossed the Mondego and Dao rivers to Viseu and headed south to Coimbra and Leiria.”
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“The chinese character for "strife" is represented by two women under the same roof.”
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Robert Zoë wrote: "Hi Robert. Thanks for Friending me. How are you enjoying MIDNIGHT IN PEKING?"
I'm enjoying the accurate and restrained prose with which he builds this wonderful vision of old Peking. I was going to write a China novel myself, but was warned off by my agent. I did a lot of research before that happened and it's interesting to see how Paul French uses his decades of knowledge to tell his story. I met him in Shanghai on a research trip and he took me and my wife to some guerrilla restaurant run by a Tiananmen Square protester who was on the run. It was the best meal we had in China. Plates piled high with chillies. We were smoking by the end of it.


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