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A lot of people stop short. They don't actually die but they say, 'Right I'm old, and I'm going to retire,' and then they dwindle into nothing. They go off to Florida and become jolly boring.
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A lot of people stuck it out and were very unhappy. It's a very difficult subject. The effect on the children can be very bad.
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Each marriage has to be judged separately, and we never know what's going on in another person's marriage.
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I always read that men don't like intelligent girls, but I've always found the reverse.
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I don't write for any particular kind of person.
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I found out only recently that we were making an index of enemy code signs.
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I have a garden, and I'm passionately interested in young people.
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I have deliberately left Sylvester and Julia's appearances to the reader's imagination.
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I never really know the title of a book until it's finished.
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I remember the evacuee children from towns and cities throwing stones at the farm animals. When we explained that if you did that you wouldn't have any milk, meat or eggs, they soon learned to respect the animals.
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I think I'm very lucky in that, because I get letters from boys and girls from age fourteen up to old people. Curiously enough, the most thought out and carefully-considered letters are from men in America.
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I was living at home with my parents and went out with young men who continually put me down, saying, 'Didn't you know that? You're so ignorant.'
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I was sent to a finishing school, which didn't last long when mother found out how badly chaperoned we were. Then I 'came out' before going to a domestic science school.
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Imagination which comes into play in falling in love is different from any other. Certainly in my case, and I've fallen in love all my life, one imagines the person to be as you want them to be. They frequently turn out to be someone different, for better or worse.
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In my eighties, my best friends are in their fifties, and I have many friends at university. It keeps one young, and up with the vocabulary. That's terribly important, especially for a writer.
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In those days, only boys received a sensible education and it didn't occur to my mother to do anything about me.
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It seemed sensible to move to a market town where I could walk everywhere.
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It was pretty awful for us children because we never really knew the local children. Mother was keen for us to learn languages, so our travels took us to France and Italy, as well as the West Country.
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It's not a one-way trip; men persuade women, human beings manage each other. Now it's called manipulation. We manage our children.
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Looking back, I understand that I was teaching myself to write.
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My father was a soldier and my mother was a great mover. She once counted up how many places she had lived in during the first 25 years of her marriage and it came to 20.
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My first husband would never make up his mind in less than five years, so I used to get him to think that whatever course of action needed to be taken was his idea. Then he'd go right ahead.
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Now our little cottage has been consumed by a big hotel and a field of irises has been replaced with a car-park.
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Of course risk-taking does not always pay off, but it's a lot of fun!
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People try much less hard to make a marriage work than they used to fifty years ago. Divorce is easier.
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Rebecca is an example of how not to manage men. The rules of the game never change, it requires subtlety.
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That image of the countryside being a threatening place still exists. People continue to resist the challenge of learning about aspects of life they don't understand.
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The families descended from these fishing folk are still here in the West Country and a wonderful exchange between the countries exists today.
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They may turn out to be a great disappointment, or perhaps they may be full of enchanting surprises.
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Twenty years ago, I was living in a lovely cottage on the edge of Dartmoor but I couldn't afford to run a car.
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Unimaginative people are spared quite a lot. They're often much happier, because they don't go through all the variety of conceptions of the person they love.
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We all lie to each other, present some sort of front.
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We're all like children. We may think we grow up, but to me, being grown up is death, stopping thinking, trying to find out things, going on learning.
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When I was pregnant during the war, I came down to Cornwall to stay with a great friend of mine who was also expecting a child.
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Women's courage is rather different from men's. The fact that women have to bring up children and look after husbands makes them braver at facing long-term issues, such as illness. Men are more immediately courageous. Lots of people are brave in battle.
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Writing Part of the Scenery has been a very different experience. I have been reminded of people and events, real and imaginary which have been part of my life. This book is a celebration of the land which means so much to me.
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You know what it's like to persuade a pigheaded child to do something they don't want to. If they hear the same suggestion from someone else, they'll go right off and do it.
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