It's not easy being the world's policeman. No one thanks you for it.
All nationalism is based on racism and hate. I'm Scottish; I was born in Scotland, as my parents, as my grandparents.
After a while, you get tired of being the official Scot and defending everything Scottish.
As a writer, you rely on whatever makes you up as a person, whether those things are twisted and nasty or otherwise.
History asks us to imagine ourselves in a period, but it's a very different situation when you're in that period and faced with those situations.
I always try to find a story in the margins of history, but I don't like to do too much that's improbable.
I always worry I've probably written one too many Bernie Gunther books and that I should probably give him his gold watch.
I don't really like heroes who always behave heroically. That's not interesting to me.
I really wanted to write the way Kubrick makes films - 'Strangelove,' '2001', 'Clockwork Orange', 'Barry Lyndon' - they're all so different.
I think John le Carre is, at 77, the greatest living writer alive. He is a master craftsman.
I think the context of an hour-long drama gives breathing space that you don't get in a film.
I used to play quite a good lead guitar, R&B style. Clapton and BB King are heroes.
Sport seems to be much more important to people than politics.
The mark of a writer is to make a story as likely as possible, and I've done my best to deliver authentic atmosphere.
The most interesting legal philosophy is German, so naturally I went to Germany, particularly to Berlin, quite a bit.
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