Penelope Lively

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I'm now an agnostic but I grew up on the King James version, which I'm eternally grateful for.

Penelope Lively

I didn't want it to be a book that made pronouncements.

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I do like to embed a fictional character firmly in an occupation.

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That kind of monologue is something of a challenge - finding the right note, the right language, but also exhilarating.

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Every novel generates its own climate, when you get going.

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The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always spotting some new approach, an alternative way of telling a story and manipulating characters; the novel is such a wonderfully flexible form.

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We make choices but are constantly foiled by happenstance.

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We all need a past - that's where our sense of identity comes from.

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I rather like getting away from fiction.

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Deep down I have this atavistic feeling that really I should be in the country.

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It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency.

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I've always been fascinated by the operation of memory - the way in which it is not linear but fragmented, and its ambivalence.

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The consideration of change over the century is about loss, though I think that social change is gain rather than loss.

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I didn't write anything until I was well over 30.

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You learn a lot, writing fiction.

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Equally, we require a collective past - hence the endless reinterpretations of history, frequently to suit the perceptions of the present.

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All I know for certain is that reading is of the most intense importance to me; if I were not able to read, to revisit old favorites and experiment with names new to me, I would be starved - probably too starved to go on writing myself.

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I can walk about London and see a society that seems an absolutely revolutionary change from the 1950s, that seems completely and utterly different, and then I can pick up on something where you suddenly see that it's not.

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I married young and had children young.

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I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after, which may be something more like this again, maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction.

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It was a combination of an intense interest in children's literature, which I've always had, and the feeling that I'd just have a go and see if I could do it.

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I didn't think I had anything particular to say, but I thought I might have something to say to children.

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