Everyone said, 'Well, you're very old for a first novel,' and I said, 'How do you write when you haven't lived? How do you write when you have no experience? How do you write straight out of university?'
Other quotes by Kate Atkinson
I was an only child and grew up in York where my parents ran a surgical supplies shop. When I say I wish I had brothers and sisters, friends say it's not what it's cracked up to be, but I think it must be good to have someone who knew you from the beginning.
A novel and its writer are inseparable: you are your books. A play's not like that at all. 'Abandonment''s not mine - it's everyone's. I wanted it to be a co-operative thing because I was tired of that anal control that I have over novels.