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Born: 1971-04-30
Profession: Novelist
Nation: Irish
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Children's authors don't talk down or patronise their younger readers.

Tags: Children, Talk, Younger

I am opposed to war, to killing people, to any kind of hatred and violence.

Tags: Hatred, Violence, War

I can remember being eight, and I like writing about that age of innocence when children still have a sense of wonder.

Tags: Age, Children, Writing

I don't buy into the idea that an Irish writer should write about Ireland, or a gay writer should write about being gay.

Tags: Gay, Idea, Write

I move between the two: I write an adult novel, and then I write a children's book. I quite enjoy that. It's a nice change of pace each time.

Tags: Change, Nice, Time

I suppose books are my real passion in life.

Tags: Life, Passion, Real

I wrote my first book at 20, but my whole focus from about the age of 12 was to be a writer.

Tags: Age, Book, Focus

It's a wonderful thing to write for children.

Tags: Children, Wonderful, Write

People try to glorify war, particularly those who aren't actually fighting in them. People tend to make heroes of those who are fighting in them.

Tags: Fighting, Try, War

Unless you're very boring, I think most people who've lived long enough have something in their past which will never go away.

Tags: Boring, Enough, Past

War today is such a more visible thing. We see it on television, on CNN. In 1914, war was a concept.

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What makes a classic is difficult to define. It's entirely subjective, of course. And the term is employed far too promiscuously.

Tags: Difficult, Far, Makes

I hope for so much from every book I read. And time and again, I find myself disappointed. I look across my bookshelves and see hundreds of titles which in my memory seem merely mediocre or second-rate. Only occasionally does a novel appear for which I feel a lasting passion, a book that I think could in time become a classic.

Tags: Book, Hope, Time

It's not easy making a living as a writer, and for many years I worked at a Waterstones in Dublin. It was a good environment for an aspiring writer, with lots of events and authors appearing.

Tags: Easy, Good, Living

Throughout my teenage years, I read 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens every December. It was a story that never failed to excite me, for as well as being a Dickens enthusiast, I have always loved ghost stories.

Tags: Loved, Read
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