Maybe we've grown out of each other.

David Nicholls

David Nicholls

Profession: Novelist
Nationality: British

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She was discovering once again that reading and writing were not the same — you couldn't just soak it up then squeeze it out again.

He had always imagined that some sort of emotional mental equipment was meant to arrive, when he was forty-five, say, or fifty, a kind of kit that would enable him to deal with the impending loss of a parent. If he were only in possession of this equipment, he would be just fine. He would be noble and selfless, wise and philosophical.

Here people cycled with a reckless swagger, talking on the phone and eating breakfast.

Work hard at . . . something.

It has been fun and harrowing.

It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present. Charles Dickens, David Copperfield.

And then it was over.

A screenplay is really an instruction manual, and it can be interpreted in any number of ways. The casting, the choice of location, the costumes and make-up, the actors' reading of a line or emphasis of a word, the choice of lens and the pace of the cutting - these are all part of the translation.

She had reached a turning point. She no longer believed that a situation could be made better by writing a poem about it.

Familiarity, globalisation, cheap travel, mere weariness had diluted our sense of foreign-ness.

That line again. For Ian, a joke was not a single-use item but something you brought out again and again until it fell apart in your hands like a cheap umbrella.

If I could give you just one gift ever for the rest of your life it would be this. Confidence. It would be the gift of Confidence. Either that or a scented candle.

It's like Russian Roulette, one in six'll kill you.

They say the personal is political and it's certainly fair to say that, like her politics, Rebecca Epstein's kissing is radical, forthright and uncompromising.