I have a very serious censorship office inside my head; it censors things that I could tell you that you would never forget, and I don't want to be the person to stick that in your brain.
If you can live in Paris, maybe you should.
Spy novels are traditionally about lone wolves, but how many people actually live like that?
Fast-paced from start to finish, 'The Honourable Schoolboy' is fired by le Carre's conviction regarding evil done and its consequences.
When you move a border, suddenly life changes violently. I write about nationality.
I write what I call 'novels of consolation' for people who are bright and sophisticated.
Good people don't spend their time being good. Good people want to spend their time mowing the lawn and playing with the dog. But bad people spend all their time being bad. It is all they think about.
Whether you like it or not, Paris is the beating heart of Western civilisation. It's where it all began and ended.
I don't inflict horrors on readers. In my research, I've uncovered truly terrible documentations of cruelty and torture, but I leave that offstage. I always pull back and let the reader imagine the details. We all know to one degree or another the horrors of war.
You can't make accommodations in crucial situations and be heroic.
I'm basically an Upper West Side Jewish writer.
I'm not really a mass market writer.
If you're a writer, you're always working.
Once you have your characters, they tell you what to write, you don't tell them.
The best Paris I know now is in my head.
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