Edward St Aubyn

The whole 'Melrose' series is an attempt to tell the truth, and is based on the idea that there is some salutary or liberating power in telling the truth.

I'm really not responsible for what mental operation people have when they're reading my books other than the ones which are created by literary effects.

The thing about the 'Melrose' novels is that I have to feel they're impossible when I set out.

The first book I fell in love with was 'Little Toot,' the story of an adorable tugboat operating out of New York Harbor.

It's no use imagining that bringing great writers together inevitably precipitates great conversation.

I see the author as the person who has written; the writer, the one involved in the process of writing. And they're not necessarily friends. The writer is the one I want to reinforce; the author would just feed on the reviews - so I'm in favour of starving him.

The Booker 2011 is of no more interest to me than the world heavyweight championship, which I'm not going to win either. It's irrelevant.

Well, the attractive thing about the subject of happiness is that it is notoriously difficult to write.

I'm not trying to uncover the facts of my life but to discover the dramatic truth of the situations I was in.

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