Jonathan Coe Quotes


28 Jonathan Coe quotes:



"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."
"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."
"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."
"You would go mad if you began to speculate about the impact your novel might have while you were still writing it."
"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."
"I became quite taken over by Johnson's personality at some points while writing the biography, and since I went straight on to The Closed Circle afterwards, I did sometimes feel I could hear him whispering in my ear while I was working on it."
"The more melancholy side of my literary personality is much in tune with BS Johnson's."
"Thatcherism has become bigger than she ever was."
"Ah, well, I have no talent for nonfiction, that's my problem."
"I think it's also the case that I'm not as widely travelled, or as well-educated in history, as most of the other novelists I meet: so I have to write about my own country, at the present time, because it's more or less all I know about!"
"Writers never feel comfortable having labels attached to them, however accurate they are."
"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."



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