Mosse in Warsaw (2008)
20 October 1961 |
|Genre||Historical fiction, non-fiction, supernatural, gothic|
Lots of people have objections to prizes of all types, and it would be extraordinary if everybody agreed on anything that's worthwhile – they never do.
Actually, I can write anywhere – airport lounges, in bed, on a rattling train going north.
People have different views of how you deal with different issues in literature, and, frankly, long may it last that there is a range of views.
I really like people and I keep friendships. I have people from all parts of my life.
Library campaigners are not prepared to stand by and watch something they cherish be dismantled brick by brick.
Usually I decide on what it is I'm writing next by the books I'm reading.
I am not a fan of historical fiction that is sloppy in its research or is dishonest about the real history.
Free and fair access to books – to reading – is a right and one we should fight for.
All prizes have a role, if they are run with integrity and with a clear focus on reading and quality writing. I don't think any of them is necessary, but they all play an incredibly important role in building a body of literature, in introducing new authors to new readers, and extending reading.
The message is clear: libraries matter. Their solid presence at the heart of our towns sends the proud signal that everyone – whoever they are, whatever their educational background, whatever their age or their needs – is welcome.