Mark Haddon Quotes


35 Mark Haddon quotes:



"As a kid, I didn't read a great deal of fiction, and I've forgotten most of what I did read."
"Children simply don't make the distinction; a book is either good or bad. And some of the books they think are good are very, very bad indeed."
"Every life is narrow. Our only escape is not to run away, but to learn to love the people we are and the world in which we find ourselves."
"I think most writers feel like they're on the outside looking in much of the time. All of us feel, to a certain extent, alienated from the stuff going on around us."
"If one book's done this well, you want to write another one that does just as well. There's that horror of the second novel that doesn't match up."
"There's something with the physical size of America... American writers can write about America and it can still feel like a foreign country."
"Use your imagination, and you'll see that even the most narrow, humdrum lives are infinite in scope if you examine them with enough care."
"B is for bestseller."
"From a good book, I want to be taken to the very edge. I want a glimpse into that outer darkness."
"I was born too late for steam trains and a lazy eye meant I'd never be an astronaut."
"If you enjoy math and you write novels, it's very rare that you'll get a chance to put your math into a novel. I leapt at the chance."
"Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well."
"The one thing you have to do if you write a book is put yourself in someone else's shoes. The reader's shoes. You've got to entertain them."
"Young readers have to be entertained. No child reads fiction because they think it's going to make them a better person."
"At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities of escape are getting fewer. We have jobs, children, partners, debts. This is the part of us to which literary fiction speaks."
"Bore children, and they stop reading. There's no room for self-indulgence or showing off or setting the scene."
"For me, disability is a way of getting some extremity, some kind of very difficult situation, that throws an interesting light on people."
"I better make the plot good. I wanted to make it grip people on the first page and have a big turning point in the middle, as there is, and construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride."
"I think the U.K. is too small to write about from within it and still make it seem foreign and exotic and interesting."
"I've written 16 children's books and five unpublished novels. Some of the latter were breathtakingly bad."



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