Mark Haddon Quotes

35 Mark Haddon quotes:

"Jane Austen was writing about boring people with desperately limited lives. We forget this because we've seen too many of her books on screen."
"Many children's writers don't have children of their own."
"Most of my work consisted of crossing out. Crossing out was the secret of all good writing."
"My book has a very simple surface, but there are layers of irony and paradox all the way through it."
"No one wants to know how clever you are. They don't want an insight into your mind, thrilling as it might be. They want an insight into their own."
"Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well."
"That's important to me, to find the extraordinary inside the ordinary."
"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."
"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."
"When I was writing for children, I was writing genre fiction. It was like making a good chair. It needed four legs of the same length, it had to be the right height and it had to be comfortable."
"Writing for children is bloody difficult; books for children are as complex as their adult counterparts, and they should therefore be accorded the same respect."
"Young readers have to be entertained. No child reads fiction because they think it's going to make them a better person."
"Most adults, unlike most children, understand the difference between a book that will hold them spellbound for a rainy Sunday afternoon and a book that will put them in touch with a part of themselves they didn't even know existed."
"I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spend all your time thinking about them"
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