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Born Monday 19 October 1931

Occupation: Writer

Nationality: English

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Fools, most linguists. Damn all to say in one language, so they learn another and say damn all in that.

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America has entered one of its periods of historic madness, but this is the worst I can remember.

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I don't think it is given to any of us to be impertinent to great religions with impunity.

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A spy, like a writer, lives outside the mainstream population. He steals his experience through bribes and reconstructs it.

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I don't know whether it's age or maturity, but I certainly find myself committed more and more to the looser forms of Western democracy at any price.

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For better or worse, I've been involved in the description of political conflict.

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We have learned in recent years to translate almost all of political life in terms of conspiracy. And the spy novel, as never before, really, has come into its own.

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I don't think that there are very many good writers who don't live without a sense of tension. If they haven't got one immediately available to them, then they usually manage to manufacture it in their private lives.

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I'm really a library man, or second-hand book man.

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I happen to write by hand. I don't even type.

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Thank heaven, though, one of the few mistakes I haven't made is to talk about the unwritten book.

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When you're my age and you see a story, you better go for it pretty quickly. I'd just like to get a few more novels under my belt.

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Americans believe that if you know something, you should do something about it.

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Most people like to read about intrigue and spies. I hope to provide a metaphor for the average reader's daily life. Most of us live in a slightly conspiratorial relationship with our employer and perhaps with our marriage.

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Every writer knows he is spurious; every fiction writer would rather be credible than authentic.

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In every war zone that I've been in, there has been a reality and then there has been the public perception of why the war was being fought. In every crisis, the issues have been far more complex than the public has been allowed to know.

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I am still making order out of chaos by reinvention.

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By the age of 9 or 10, I knew that I had to cut my own cloth and make my own way.

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Remember Graham Green's dictum that childhood is the bank balance of the writer? I think that all writers feel alienated. Most of us go back to an alienated childhood in some way or another. I know that I do.

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The longing we have to communicate cleanly and directly with people is always obstructed by qualifications and often with concern about how our messages will be received.

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