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#1. I should have been kinder when I was younger. - Author: Jim Crace
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#2. When people asked me what I did, I'd say, 'I work in publishing', and when they then say, 'What side of it?', I say, 'Supply' - no doubt leaving them to think I drive the books around in a van and deliver them. - Author: Jim Crace
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#3. I'm a matter-of-fact, office-hours writer. - Author: Jim Crace
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#4. I like shaped things. I like shape in things, and I do overshape things, it's true. - Author: Jim Crace
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#5. I stopped being an engaged journalist and became a disengaged novelist. - Author: Jim Crace
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#6. I know the money is important, but, actually, the validation of your career that prizes give is what you really want. But the money is fabulous, too. - Author: Jim Crace
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#7. Inside, Penlee House is without pretension. It is a space that knows its limitations and its strengths - and makes the most of them. - Author: Jim Crace
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#8. All the uncontrollable and unpredictable parts of my life - from the actual creation to my emotional responses to the finished book - I've succeeded in banishing to the office. And I think I'm happier for it. - Author: Jim Crace
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#9. Narrative has been part of human consciousness for a long time. And if it has played a part in all those thousands of years, it will know a trick or two. It will be wise. It will be mischievous. It will be helpful. It will be generous. - Author: Jim Crace
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#10. I've never finished anything by Dickens. - Author: Jim Crace
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#11. To ask a novelist to talk about his novels is like asking somebody to cook about their dancing. - Author: Jim Crace
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#12. I feel the political failings of the U.S.A. are presidential in length, but the aspirant narrative of the States is millennial in length. - Author: Jim Crace
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#13. Lots of people hate my stuff. - Author: Jim Crace
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#14. There is no comparison. The American landscape is so much more dangerous. They have real snakes, mountain lions, bears; we only have adders, and they're more frightened of us than we are of them. - Author: Jim Crace
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#15. The dead leaves fly. They're cropped and gathered to the rich barn of the earth. - Author: Jim Crace
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#16. I didn't go to university straight after school. I went at night. - Author: Jim Crace
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#17. I'm very aware when I share a stage with other writers that I'm much less driven than they are. I don't wake up in the middle of the night, pregnant with paragraphs. I don't suffer for my text twenty-four hours a day. - Author: Jim Crace
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#18. The problems of the world are not going to be engaged with and solved in Faversham, they're going to be sorted out in cities like Birmingham. - Author: Jim Crace
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#19. English politics is so much more concerned with the proprieties than with defending dogmas. - Author: Jim Crace
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#20. I have tested my nerve by reaching a little too closely toward a lengthy alligator on the Gulf Coast and a saucer-sized tarantula in a Houston car park. - Author: Jim Crace
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#21. I don't have a constituency, and I'm not autobiographical in any way. I write these deeply moral books in a country which would prefer irony to anything with a moral tone. - Author: Jim Crace
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#22. My father had osteomyelitis-his left arm was withered between his elbow and his shoulder ... But the amputation of a Stone Age man called Leaf, a stoneworker, does not relate to my father at all ... - Author: Jim Crace
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#23. Everyone says I should write a natural history or landscape book because if I have an area of amateur expertise, it is in those things. - Author: Jim Crace
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#24. I'm not good at dialogue. I'm not good at holding a mirror up at a real world. I'm not good at believable characterisation. - Author: Jim Crace
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#25. I felt that, in some ways, my novels lacked heart because of the distance between me and the subject matter. But no one wants to read a book based on good health, a happy upbringing, a long marriage. - Author: Jim Crace
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#26. The plowing's done. The seed is spread. The weather is reminding me that, rain or shine, the earth abides, the land endures, the soil will persevere forever and a day. Its smell is pungent and high-seasoned. This is happiness. - Author: Jim Crace
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#27. If I talk about my father's funeral, as I did when I was promoting the last novel, 'Being Dead,' I'm not going to tell any lies, but there are certain things I'm not going to tell you, and I'm certainly not going to tell my grief. - Author: Jim Crace
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#28. Sixteen years as a freelance features journalist taught me that neither the absence of 'the Muse' nor the presence of 'the block' should be allowed to hinder the orderly progress of a book. - Author: Jim Crace
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#29. Even though my brother and I loved scrumping - we loved the act of climbing trees and grabbing fruit - there was always fear we would be caught. We feared we'd be imprisoned, sent to Australia. - Author: Jim Crace
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#30. Writers who want to interfere with adaptations of their work are basically undemocratic. The book still stands as an entity on its own. - Author: Jim Crace
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#31. The celebrity sense of writers is something which is very tempting ... But the enthusiasm comes from the fact that it's such a natural activity, storytelling. - Author: Jim Crace
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#32. The western view of Christ is usually of a stainless being with fair hair who appears to have come from Oslo. - Author: Jim Crace
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#33. I never think of the reader. I am curious about things; I need to find out, so off I go. - Author: Jim Crace
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#34. Privately, I'm thrilled with what I do, but publicly, I hold it in disdain. - Author: Jim Crace
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#35. I have, I must admit, despised the English countryside for much of my life - despised it and avoided it for its want of danger and adventure. - Author: Jim Crace
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#36. I've been very lucky with prizes. But the thing about prizes is that, when you talk about a prize-winning author, you can be talking about one that is well-regarded but doesn't sell any books. - Author: Jim Crace
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#37. Narrative is so rich; it's given up so much. - Author: Jim Crace
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#38. I've got a big, long list of stuff you're entitled to hate about my books. - Author: Jim Crace
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#39. Because I'm a walker, natural history is my subject; I've always been obsessed with landscape, and I have an elegiac tone in most of my books. - Author: Jim Crace
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#40. There is no remedy for death
or birth
except to hug the spaces in between. Live loud. Live wide. Live tall. - Author: Jim Crace
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#41. Retiring from writing is not to retire from life. - Author: Jim Crace
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#42. My tongue is what I used instead of my fists because I was a small and cowardly young man. Amusing people with stories and being bizarre with words was my way of getting out of fixes. - Author: Jim Crace
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#43. As a Midlander and a big walker, I'd always loved ridge and furrow fields, the plough-marked land as it was when it was enclosed. It is the landscape giving you a story of lives that ended with the arrival of sheep. - Author: Jim Crace
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#44. Storytelling enables us to play out decisions before we make them, to plan routes before we take them, to work out the campaign before we start the war, to rehearse the phrases we're going to use to please or placate our wives and husbands. - Author: Jim Crace
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#45. The mood has changed. It's heavier. We were liquid; now we're stones. - Author: Jim Crace
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#46. We are a heathen company, more devoted to the customs and the Holy days than to the Holiness itself. We find more pleasure in the song and dance of God than in the piety. - Author: Jim Crace
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#47. I don't have any sense of an audience when I'm writing. I don't consider the audience. Because all I'm interested in is the problem on the page. - Author: Jim Crace
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#48. These are the stories that we tell ourselves and only ourselves, and they are better left unshared. - Author: Jim Crace
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#49. Writing careers are short. For every 100 writers, 99 never get published. Of those who do, only one in every hundred gets a career out of it, so I count myself as immensely privileged. - Author: Jim Crace
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#50. In the U.K., a lot of writers won't show up to support activist issues because they figure they're already repairing the world. I don't want to be one of those people. - Author: Jim Crace
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#51. I want to live in a city where the future is being mapped out. - Author: Jim Crace
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#52. When you start a novel, it is always like pushing a boulder uphill. Then, after a while, to mangle the metaphor, the boulder fills with helium and becomes a balloon that carries you the rest of the way to the top. You just have to hold your nerve and trust to narrative. - Author: Jim Crace
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#53. You can't sing baritone when you're a soprano. - Author: Jim Crace
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#54. I know my 17-year-old self would read my bourgeois fiction, full of metaphors and rhythmic prose, with a sinking heart. - Author: Jim Crace
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#55. The most I have to fear while hiking in Warwickshire and Worcestershire, the two historic British counties closest to my city home in Birmingham, is whether or not the mud awaiting me in the narrow lanes ahead is deep enough to foul my socks. - Author: Jim Crace
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#56. I'm an atheist - a good old North Korean-style atheist. - Author: Jim Crace
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#57. You stand beneath the arthritic boughs of any English oak, and you survey a thousand tales. - Author: Jim Crace
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#58. Crushed between the fears of going forward and the dread of going back. - Author: Jim Crace
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#59. I am not - thank heavens - one of those 'driven' writers who spend a fortnight buckled with empty fright over an untouched page only to wake at two in the morning feverish with paragraphs. - Author: Jim Crace
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#60. I'd dearly love to write a political book that changed the hearts and minds of men and women. - Author: Jim Crace
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#61. I'm not a new-agey person, but narrative is ancient and wise and generous. - Author: Jim Crace
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#62. For 'The Gift of Stones,' I spent an afternoon chasing a flock of Canadian geese. - Author: Jim Crace
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#63. I'm interested in taking hold of the dull truth narrative and finding inside it the transcendence and spirituality and hysteria normally associated with religion. - Author: Jim Crace
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#64. When I was a youngster, I was brought up in a very political background on an estate in north London. - Author: Jim Crace
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#65. I offer detailed but mostly invented narratives about the provenance of my books. - Author: Jim Crace
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#66. There's solace in the thought that I will never finish missing her. - Author: Jim Crace
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#67. And it seems I ought to scatter too. Perhaps at once. It's always better to turn your back on the gale than press your face against it. - Author: Jim Crace
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#68. The Commonwealth Prize is about celebrating the Commonwealth and the special relationship we have with the ex-colonies - which is part guilt and part warmth - and the Booker Prize isn't an essential part of that, but it is part of that. - Author: Jim Crace
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#69. As a natural historian, I don't believe in the consciousness of rocks or the opinions of rainbows or the convictions of slugs. - Author: Jim Crace
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#70. I was brought up in a flat in North London - virtually the last building in London, because north of us was countryside all the way to the coast, and south of us was non-stop London for 20 miles. - Author: Jim Crace
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#71. My dad didn't have a formal education, but he had a wonderful vocabulary. So in 'Harvest,' I wanted my main character to be an innately intelligent man who would have the vocabulary to say whatever he wanted in the same way as lots of working-class people can. - Author: Jim Crace
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#72. I'm not thinking when I'm writing, 'How's this going to read?' Or, 'What percentage of the audience is going to stay with me?' The thing itself is what gives me pleasure. Sometimes stuff just falls onto the page so beautifully and happily that it's deeply satisfying. It's selfish! - Author: Jim Crace
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#73. I was sick and tired of reading other people's epigraphs. They all seemed to be in ancient Greek, middle French or, when they were translated, they never seemed to relate to the book at hand. Basically, they seemed to be there just to baffle you and to impress you with how smart the writer is. - Author: Jim Crace
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#74. While we're having all these debates about how the book is being destroyed by the Kindle, we have to remember that narrative will not be affected at all because it's part of our makeup as a creature on this planet. - Author: Jim Crace
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#75. Part of me feels that I'm letting people down by not being as interesting as my books. - Author: Jim Crace
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#76. I'm not that well-versed in literary theory - I don't know what it is. - Author: Jim Crace
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#77. I'm a very secretive person. - Author: Jim Crace
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#78. When a book goes well, it abandons me. I am the most abandoned writer in the world. - Author: Jim Crace
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#79. For all the splendours of the world's greatest galleries, visitors are likely to be kept at arm's length, spectators of a world that can seem too rarefied to let them in. - Author: Jim Crace
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#80. Almost everyone who's been to primary school in Britain has had towels put on their heads to play the shepherds in the nativity play. - Author: Jim Crace
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#81. I invent words you think you've heard - spray hopper or swag beetle. - Author: Jim Crace
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#82. Good old-fashioned, puritanical work guilt is, for me, a better colleague than any Muse. If I reach my weekly word target by Friday afternoon, then the weekend is guilt-free. - Author: Jim Crace
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#83. I liked journalism and thought it was important, certainly more important than fiction. I'd probably still be doing it if I hadn't been elbowed out. - Author: Jim Crace
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#84. I adore falseness. I don't want you to tell me accurately what happened yesterday. I want you to lie about it, to exaggerate, to entertain me. - Author: Jim Crace
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#85. Humankind has been telling stories forever and will be telling stories forever. - Author: Jim Crace
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#86. Secrets are like pregnancies hereabouts. You can hide them for a while but then they will start screaming. - Author: Jim Crace
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#87. We're all blemished. Yet we do love and are loved. - Author: Jim Crace
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#88. Even though the method of 'Harvest' was a historical novel, its intentions were that of a modern novel. I'm asking you to think about land being seized in Brazil by soya barons. It's also a novel about immigration. - Author: Jim Crace
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#89. I've never scared anybody in my life. - Author: Jim Crace
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#90. I have in the past acquired a reputation for concocting non-existent writers and unwritten volumes. - Author: Jim Crace
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#91. When the narrative itself starts knocking on the glassed-in box that was your prescription for how you were going to write this novel ... you have to listen to it. - Author: Jim Crace
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#92. Retiring from writing is to avoid the inevitable bitterness which a writing career is bound to deliver as its end product in almost every case. - Author: Jim Crace
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#93. Try pitching a story of happiness to your editors, and their toes are going to curl up. - Author: Jim Crace
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#94. I'm not going to write any more novels. I don't want to end up being one of these angry, bitter writers moaning that only three people are reading him. I don't want that. - Author: Jim Crace
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#95. There's a convention that books are mirrors of the real world, but our fact-obsessed age also wants fiction to be factually based and trustworthy. - Author: Jim Crace
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