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Shirley Jackson
“Far and away the greatest menace to the writer—any writer, beginning or otherwise—is the reader. . . . The reader is, in fact, the writer’s only unrelenting, genuine enemy. He has everything on his side; all he has to do, after all, is shut his eyes, and any work of fiction becomes meaningless. . . . It is, of course, the writer’s job to reach out and grab this reader: If he is a reader who cannot endure a love story, it is the writer’s job, no more and no less, to make him read a love story and like it. Using any device that might possibly work, the writer has to snare the reader’s attention and keep it.”
Shirley Jackson

Len Deighton
“rather split his trousers than an infinitive.”
Len Deighton, The Harry Palmer Quartet

Mick Herron
“The thing about somebody else's car was, it was automatically an all-terrain vehicle.”
Mick Herron, Joe Country

“No book has yet been written in praise of a woman who let her husband and children starve or suffer while she invented even the most useful things, or wrote books, or expressed herself in art, or evolved philosophic systems”
Anna Garlin Spencer

James Meek
“I would say that fiction is something you write in spite of the research that you’ve done, not because the research you’ve done.”
James Meek

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