Bernard Cornwell Quotes

29 Bernard Cornwell quotes:

"Judy couldn't move to Britain for family reasons, so I had to come to the States, and the U.S. government wouldn't give me a Green Card, so I airily told her I'd write a book."
"So the books have a greater appeal to a British audience, but that hasn't stopped them making best-seller lists in places like Brazil, Japan and at least a dozen other countries."
"So far it's 43 books in 25 years."
"Writing is a solitary occupation."
"In the end their appeal is not necessarily the history, but the quality of the story-telling, and a good story transcends national boundaries."
"Looking back, of course, it was irresponsible, mad, forlorn, idiotic, but if you don't take chances then you'll never have a winning hand, and I've no regrets."
"One book at a time... though I'm usually doing the research for others while I'm writing, but that sort of research is fairly desultory and I like to stick to the book being written - and writing a book concentrates the mind so the research is more productive."
"I have a terrific, marvellous, unbelievably helpful editor in London and she has the biggest influence, but even so we disagree as much as we agree."
"And yes, there's a simplicity to writing books because you're not a member of a team, so you make all the decisions yourself instead of deferring to a committee."
"Anyone who claims to have an entirely clear conscience is almost certainly a bore."
"I sometimes wonder what would have happened if the first book had not sold... doesn't bear thinking about, but I suppose we'd have made it work somehow."
"I'm fortunate that the books sell, but even more fortunate to live in Chatham, to be very happily married and to have, on the whole, a fairly clear conscience."
"I know nothing about producing TV drama and any involvement on my part is liable to prove an obstacle to the producers, so I prefer to be a cheerleader and let them get on with it."
"Television is a young person's medium."
"I still have to crack the French market, though that isn't entirely surprising considering that the Sharpe novels are endless tales of French defeat."
"Agents will read unpublished work because they might make money, and that's their job. It isn't mine."
"What I mean by that is that the point of life, as I see it, is not to write books or scale mountains or sail oceans, but to achieve happiness, and preferably an unselfish happiness."
"Of course some days are easier than others, but my worst day is better than being in most humdrum occupations."
"At risk of sounding foully pompous I think that writers' groups are probably very useful at the beginning of a writing career."
"I'll happily mentor anyone who wants mentoring, and most of that goes on by internet rather than face to face."

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