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Jonathan Coe Quotes

28 Jonathan Coe quotes:

"The writer I feel the most affinity with - you said you felt my books are 19th century novels, I think they're 18th century novels - is Fielding, Henry Fielding, he's the guy who does it for me."
"I'm one of those unlucky people who had a happy childhood."
"They were written in the early '90s when I was strapped for cash."
"So no, I'm pleased if it's been influential for many readers, but at the time I didn't even know that it was going to have any readers."
"As I said, I had no publisher for What a Carve Up! while I was writing it, so all we had to live off was my wife's money and little bits I was picking up for journalism."
"Luckily, in my case, I have managed, by writing, to do the one thing that I always wanted to do."
"I have two ideas for novels at the moment, neither of them all that conventional, but I'm not ready to choose between them yet, let alone settle down to the process of writing."
"It's only a drawback in the States, where most people seem to have no real interest in other countries and the notion of a novel which might offer insight into life in the UK doesn't seem to appeal very widely."
"Thatcherism has become bigger than she ever was."
"Ah, well, I have no talent for nonfiction, that's my problem."
"But I have always - ever since The Accidental Woman - written novels about individuals attempting to make choices in the context of situations over which they have no control."
"Contemporary Britain seems an endlessly fascinating place to me - but if I knew a little bit more about other places, and other times, maybe it wouldn't."
"I don't know, I don't really have a view about what my contemporaries are doing, except that I enjoy individual writers and so on."
"I'm shy of comparisons to Dickens because he's one of the absolute greats and it's silly to compare a contemporary novelist with someone."
"The biggest markets for my books outside the UK are France and Italy, and those are the two countries where I also have the closest personal relationships with my translators - I don't know whether that's a coincidence, or if there's something to be learned from it."
"So it was primarily a desire to write about that period in one's life rather than that period in history or in British culture or whatever."
"But you can try to read books at the wrong time or for the wrong reasons."
"My only regret is that I signed away the world rights and in America they've been far and away my most successful books, but I never saw a cent from any of it."
"Also I had financial worries because it took four years to write and we were living off my wife's income all that time, which wasn't very great."
"But at the same time, I have trouble keeping things out of books, which is why I don't write short stories because they turn into novels."

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