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I don't remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away.

For me, disability is a way of getting some extremity, some kind of very difficult situation, that throws an interesting light on people.

From a good book, I want to be taken to the very edge. I want a glimpse into that outer darkness.

Most adults, unlike most children, understand the difference between a book that will hold them spellbound for a rainy Sunday afternoon and a book that will put them in touch with a part of themselves they didn't even know existed.

Every life is narrow. Our only escape is not to run away, but to learn to love the people we are and the world in which we find ourselves.

If you enjoy math and you write novels, it's very rare that you'll get a chance to put your math into a novel. I leapt at the chance.

At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities of escape are getting fewer. We have jobs, children, partners, debts. This is the part of us to which literary fiction speaks.

I am atheist in a very religious mould. I'm always asking myself the big questions. Where did we come from? Is there a meaning to all of this? When I find myself in church, I edit the hymns as I sing them.

I think most writers feel like they're on the outside looking in much of the time. All of us feel, to a certain extent, alienated from the stuff going on around us.

As a kid, I didn't read a great deal of fiction, and I've forgotten most of what I did read.

B is for bestseller.

Bore children, and they stop reading. There's no room for self-indulgence or showing off or setting the scene.

Children simply don't make the distinction; a book is either good or bad. And some of the books they think are good are very, very bad indeed.

I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction, On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one.

I knew there was a story; once you find a dog with a fork through it, you know there's a story there.

I started writing books for children because I could illustrate them myself and because, in my innocence, I thought they'd be easier.

I think the U.K. is too small to write about from within it and still make it seem foreign and exotic and interesting.

I was born too late for steam trains and a lazy eye meant I'd never be an astronaut.

I've worked in television long enough to know that when you stop enjoying that type of thing you go home and do something else.

I've written 16 children's books and five unpublished novels. Some of the latter were breathtakingly bad.