When you experience bereavement at a youngish age, you suddenly realise that life is unjust and unfair, that bad things will happen, and you have to take that on board.
I don't think they'll ever make a retro Bond.
In the broad spectrum of the arts, two worlds rarely overlap - the literary world and the world of rock music.
As a novelist, where do you go to tap into memories, and impressions, and sensations? It's usually, in my experience, your early life, before you started thinking of yourself as a writer, because somehow those experiences are unadulterated.
I can bore for England on the subject of James Bond. But I knew I couldn't do it frivolously; I had to take it very seriously, however much fun I was having. And I had to make myself, you know, absolutely steeped in Bond and in Fleming and that world.
With film, you have very limited tools to convey subjectivity - voiceover, the camera's point of view, good acting - but even the very best actor in the world is crude by comparison with what you can do in a written paragraph.
In some ways, you could argue, television is doing far more interesting work than the movies. It's more fulfilling.
Film is a medium of clear lines and broad strikes - which can be fantastic - but compared to the subtleties and nuances of a novel, it doesn't even get close.
What's important to me is that all of my books are in print - and, in a way, that becomes the challenge, not winning this prize or getting that review. It's that the work is there, and you can walk into many bookshops throughout the world and buy it.
Human beings are interested in the human condition.
I have always thought if you are going to make a film, it's much better to have an original script that will play to film's strengths.
I have this lock of hair that keeps falling across my forehead. It drives me mad.
I let people off the hook too easily.
I tend to admire dead people more than the living. All too often, human reality diminishes the glowing reputation.
My novels are often about people who are in love or attracted to each other.
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