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Born: 1943-06-11
Profession: Writer
Nation: British
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An involuntary return to the point of departure is, without doubt, the most disturbing of all journeys.

Tags: Doubt, Point, Return

I am crumbling in sync with old Hackney.

Tags: Crumbling, Old, Sync

If people are telling you a story about themselves, they gradually map their own local territories and know themselves by them.

Tags: Story, Telling, Themselves

The kind of world I'm endlessly going on about is pretty well doomed, but nevertheless I think there are recesses of it worth celebrating.

Tags: Doomed, Pretty, Worth

The only times I'm not relaxed are when I haven't got a project on the go.

Tags: Project, Relaxed, Times

The world changes, but I want that change to be necessary or respectful of what has happened before. Everything changes, and that's quite right.

Tags: Change, Changes, Quite

To try to fix the future is a manifest absurdity.

Tags: Fix, Future, Try

What I write, I write. I'll always do it in some form.

Tags: Write

You can't impose a legacy.

Tags: Impose, Legacy

You can't leave the thing that you are, the house that has become your biography.

Tags: Become, House, Leave

Hackney at certain epochs has given itself suburban airs and graces, before being slapped down and consigned once more to the dump bin of aborted ambition.

Tags: Ambition, Bin, Once

I don't feel proprietary, but I do feel there is a human identity to the borough of Hackney that's quite peculiar. It was always bloody-minded and difficult; it always stood up to central government.

Tags: Difficult, Government, Human

If the landscape changes, then I don't know who I am either. The landscape is a refracted autobiography. As it disappears you lose your sense of self.

Tags: Lose, Self, Sense

The negotiation of city space has been made more difficult with the idea that redevelopment is an improvement for some vague future - but it's never like that, is it? Once you get there, for economic reasons you have to generate the next project - so you're immediately starting to dig up something else, and so it goes on.

Tags: Difficult, Else, Future

There is an obvious connection, on the declining Roman empire's bread and circuses model, between political enthusiasm for public spectacles and the periods when we are least able to pay for them.

Tags: Able, Between, Political

With the world as it now presents itself, there is something perverse, and probably dysfunctional, about a person who stays in the same house for 40 years. What about the expanding family syndrome, the school-lottery migration, the property portfolio neurosis? Have you no imagination?

Tags: Family, House, Property

At the moment you are no longer an observing, reflecting being; you have ceased to be aware of yourself; you exist only in that quiet, steady thrill that is so unlike any excitement that you have ever known.

Tags: Excitement, Moment, Yourself

And I wasn't a journalist any more than I was a trained nurse.

Tags: Journalist, Nurse, Trained

The War will leave none of us as it found us.

Tags: Found, Leave, War
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