Quotes by: Mal Peet

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Mal Peet
Born October 1947
North Walsham, Norfolk, England
Died 2 March 2015(2015-03-02) (aged 67)
Occupation Writer, illustrator
Nationality British
Period 2003–2015
Genre Young adult historical fiction; children's picture books
Notable works
Keeper Tamar Exposure
Notable awards Carnegie Medal
2005
Guardian Prize
2009

What I value in books is lucidity. I want the language to be rich; I love lexical fireworks on the page, but I have to know what it means. I want to be surprised and delighted, not merely baffled.
Mal Peet
The very provision of benches by the council or the corporation acknowledges the human need to be private in public, to be conspicuously idle, to have nothing better to do.
Mal Peet
Although I write to entertain, and try to keep my work free of didacticism, I do have a rather passionate belief in our need to be connected to - and to learn from - history.
Mal Peet
I have kind of a personality defect in that I find the word 'no' hard to articulate.
Mal Peet
In my seaside town, there is a plethora of benches, each one bearing a little brass plate commemorating a deceased occupant. You sit with ghosts.
Mal Peet
History is the heavy traffic that prevents us from crossing the road. We wait, more or less patiently, for it to pause, so that we can get to the liquor store or the laundromat or the burger bar.
Mal Peet
It's extremely difficult to describe interestingly what happens on the pitch. Thousands of journalists write millions of words every week trying to do it, so your chances of avoiding cliche are very slim. And you're trying to write fiction, not a match report.
Mal Peet
I usually have about four books on the go - a bedside book, a lavatory book, a downstairs book, and the book in my study that I read sneakily while I should be writing. Short stories for the lavatory, obviously.
Mal Peet
The surprising thing is that so many teenage cancer novels are very good. John Green's 'The Fault in Our Stars,' recently published by Penguin, was voted 'Time Magazine''s book of the year in 2012 ahead of Hilary Mantel and Zadie Smith.
Mal Peet
Bootworks' Black Box Theatre has a maximum seating capacity of two - as long as one of you is happy to sit on the other's lap.
Mal Peet
Teen authors love to flirt with taboo, to grapple - sensitively - with dark and frightening issues, and there is nothing darker and more frightening than cancer.
Mal Peet
It was weird - writing is a stupid thing to do. I come up here in the morning to a pleasant room in the roof of my house and imagine I'm a black South American football superstar; then I have to imagine I'm a female pop celebrity who's pregnant. It's a completely mad way to spend your time.
Mal Peet
I didn't consciously make the decision to write an adult novel. I didn't think of it as my riposte to the YA genre.
Mal Peet
Exposure is about, among other things, the ferocity of the press and the way - in an echo of some of Shakespeare's plays - the modern media creates heroes to destroy them.
Mal Peet
I was taking my first uncertain steps towards writing for children when my own were young. Reading aloud to them taught me a great deal when I had a great deal to learn. It taught me elementary things about rhythm and pace, the necessary musicality of text.
Mal Peet
Normally, I'm a grumpy old man - whenever I read about celebrity, I start to grind my teeth and pull my hair; it seems synonymous with idiocy.
Mal Peet
I'm working with published authors and some very young undergraduates and lots of people in between. They are lovely people, and they can write.
Mal Peet
I'm not a great reader of historical fiction; it's not my favourite genre.
Mal Peet
I never knew that Americans would take up soccer, and it's a gender-free sport in high school there.
Mal Peet
I worry about children not having a sense of any direct connection to the past.
Mal Peet
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