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And I like the idea that the readers aren't under the illusion that what they're reading is objective. It's not.
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At the time it seemed like a natural development of my interest in what was going on around me in society.
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But I can't bear it when somebody who some man made a pass at - to call that violence seems to me absurd and insulting to women who've really met violence, who've been raped or bashed.
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But I now think what I was doing, in a completely unconscious way, was getting off the turf where my husband and I might be rivals. We were both working in fiction... so I look back and I see that I consciously vacated the contested ground.
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But there are some wounds that can never be healed.
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I like poking my nose into other people's lives.
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I like to stand behind them and give support of the kind I didn't get when I was a young mother because I was estranged from my parents for a very long time.. So I don't know which way to go from here and it does seem a particularly female problem.
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I think one thing I've learned not to do from my experience with The First Stone was to pester somebody, to keep insisting that they speak to you.
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I think some people wished I'd kept myself out of the book. But I kind of insist on it because I want the reader to share my engagement with the material, if you like, not pretend that I'm doing it completely intellectually.
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I think there's an enormous anger in the community among people whose loved ones have been murdered, about sentencing.
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I think writers are very anxious.
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I'm very disturbed by violence against women when it is violence.
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Ideas came swarming through her, and like many people who labour in the obsession of solitude, she lacked the detachment to challenge them.
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It's a terrific privilege to be able to see into somebody else's life.
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It's disturbing at my age to look at a young woman's destructive behaviour and hear the echoes of it, of one's own destructiveness in youth.
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Now, I - for several years while I was researching this book, I felt quite obsessed by thoughts about sentencing, punishment, how judges arrive at their decisions.
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People demand a lot of the justice system and they demand things that it can't deliver.
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That's one of the things I hope that the book can do, is to restore some dignity to Joe Cinque.
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The only thing that I was equipped for with my very mediocre college Arts degree was to get a job in teaching.
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The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfilment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall.
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There is always that difference between men and women, which I don't think any social conditioning will ever change.
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There is something about giving birth that changes the way women look at the world. You know you're intimately connected to it. So women have to learn to work without breaking the connection... and perhaps this means the shape and movement of their work is different from men's.
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We were in a great, seething moment in the 1970s. There was a new Labour government and everything seemed full of hope... But, as we got older and we saw how much women's behaviour contributed to what was wrong, we stopped being able to see ourselves purely as.
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Well, I'm at some kind of crossroads in my life and I don't know which way to take. It's not about money, I mean, because I'm established enough now as a writer to get a reasonable advance if I wanted to do fiction.
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Writers seem to me to be people who need to retire from social life and do a lot of thinking about what's happened - almost to calm themselves.
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