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Born: 1923-04-21
Profession: Novelist
Nation: English
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I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward.

Tags: Diet, Life, Worth

To escape jury duty in England, wear a bowler hat and carry a copy of the Daily telegraph.

Tags: Daily, Duty, Escape

No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails.

Tags: Common, Law, Sense

All the flower children were as alike as a congress of accountants and about as interesting.

Tags: Children, Congress, Flower

Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.

Tags: Played, Thousand, Tragedy

I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print.

Tags: Fear, Magic, Show

The freedom to make a fortune on the stock exchange has been made to sound more alluring than freedom of speech.

Tags: Freedom, Sound, Speech

The only rule I have found to have any validity in writing is not to bore yourself.

Tags: Found, Writing, Yourself

The shelf life of the modern hardback writer is somewhere between the milk and the yogurt.

Tags: Between, Life, Writer

The worst fault of the working classes is telling their children they're not going to succeed.

Tags: Children, Succeed, Working

There is always time for failure.

Tags: Failure, Time

There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward.

Tags: Pleasure, Three, Worth

Stories about Diana's fashions, about possible rows between Charles and Diana, these were meat and drink.

Tags: Between, Drink, Possible

They defined what was private and what was public and they would move it whenever they wished.

Tags: Move, Private, Public

For a time during the 1980s the Royal Family were not just the most influential family in Britain but probably in Europe and Prince Charles specifically was very much like a defacto Cabinet member and what he said actually had impact on public policy.

Tags: Family, Said, Time

He's a TV producer, a theatrical impresario, and he wants to be treated as Mr. Windsor but when the going gets rough he wants to be treated like a member of the Royal Family.

Tags: Family, Tv, Wants

I would argue that television and particularly the BBC were instrumental in puffing up the Royal Family to a level where they were inflated out of all, all proportion to their relevance on the national scene.

Tags: Family, Level, Television