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Born: 1954-01-09
Profession: Writer
Nation: British
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Although some people think I am a romantic novelist I have always thought of myself as a rather gritty radical historian.

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At the end of the day, I'm writing in a genre that isn't highly regarded.

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Being a stepmother has worked out very well for me. I love my stepchildren very much.

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I am in the interesting position of being sometimes skimmed by the critics and called literature and sometimes called historical fiction.

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I don't much like Singapore. It's very big, very modern and very urbanised. As a rule, I prefer older places where you get a sense of the history.

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I don't shop as much as a lot of people but I do like designer clothes.

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I like writing historical fiction.

Tags: Fiction, Historical, Writing

I try to go to the gym three times a week, and I swim, too.

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I would be very, very uncomfortable at teaching, at dreaming to teach, people things.

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I would never lie to anyone about history.

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If I could change one thing about myself I'd be less highly strung. I find my sensibility quite high maintenance.

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The house I grew up in was a tall Victorian town house in Bristol. There were very big rooms, which were under-furnished and always cold.

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When I was a child I wanted to be a vet. I'd come home with "lost" kittens and dogs. My mother would tell me to put them back.

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For instance, I have never believed that there is only one person for each person in the world. It doesn't make the least sense to me. However, in reality, I fell in love at 45 and I am absolutely certain that my now husband is the only man in the world for me, a truth I find both ridiculous and uplifting.

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I like to do the research of history and the creativity of writing fiction. I am creating this thing which I think is twice as difficult as writing either history or fiction.

Tags: Creativity, History, Writing

I love going to London for a couple of days but I need to be in the country. I like the silence, the smell and the seasonal changes, especially in spring and summer. I really feel that I belong there.

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I love reading and I love thinking - the reason that I love my books so much is that in order to write them I have to read and to think for years at a time about the same period of time.

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The moment that changed me for ever was when I had my first seminar with my history professor at the University of Sussex. I realised that history would answer all the questions I had spent my life asking. It was an extraordinary moment.

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I have loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore I die in exile.

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It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily serve with the help of God, to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some, following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.

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He is not wise to me who is wise in words only, but he who is wise in deeds.

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A profound political question is suddenly on the table: Must the country continue to give precedence to private financial gain and market determinism over human lives and broad public values?

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Everyone's values are defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others.

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Folks in the bottom half of the economy are already squeezed hard. They will be bloodied and bankrupt if economic policy inadvertently induces a recession.

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Americans cannot teach democracy to the world until they restore their own.

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Animal-rights advocates remind us of this admonition: The ways in which people treat animals will be reflected in how people relate to one another.

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Children born today have a fifty-fifty chance of living to 100.

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If we have wealth, it will be protected from inflation and possibly even enhanced in value.

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If you think about it, Washington's overwhelming power in the world is founded on death, the awesome arsenal for killing people.

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In 1900 Americans on average lived for only 49 years and most working people died still on the job.

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In this country you can say aloud or publish just about anything you like.

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Leaks and whispers are a daily routine of news-gathering in Washington.

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Nevertheless, I resist cynicism and continue to believe in the possibilities for genuine democracy.

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The burnt odor in Washington is from the disintegrating authority of the governing classes.

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The do-it-yourself version of pensions is a flop, as many Americans have painfully learned.

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The economy is not governed with the bottom half in mind.

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The regime of globalization promotes an unfettered marketplace as the dynamic instrument organizing international relations.

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The ways in which people treat animals will be reflected in how people relate to one another.

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As the world's finest democracy, we do not do guillotines. But there are other less bloody rituals of humiliation, designed to reassure the populace that order is restored, the Republic cleansed.

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If US per capita income continues to grow at a rate of 1.5 percent a year, the country will have plenty of money to finance comfortable retirements and high-quality healthcare for all citizens, including those at the bottom of the wage ladder.

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In the deregulated realm of US banking and finance, crime does occasionally pay for its foul deeds, not in prison time but by making modest rebates to the victims.

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Obviously, people with low or even moderate incomes could not afford such savings rates, and even diligent savings from their low wages would not be enough to pay for either retirement or healthcare.

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The point is, the political reporters are the ones who no longer understand the ritual they are covering. They keep searching for political meanings in the tepid events when a convention is now essentially a human drama and only that.

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The threat to globalization is not the wasted American dollars but Washington's readiness to mix US commercial interests with its self-appointed role as global protector.

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