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There's a preoccupation with memory and the operation of memory and a rather rapacious interest in history.
The present hardly exists, after all-it becomes the past even as it happens. A tricky medium, time - and central to the concerns of fiction.
The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always spotting some new approach, an alternative way of telling a story and manipulating characters; the novel is such a wonderfully flexible form.
The Photograph is concerned with the power that the past has to interfere with the present: the time bomb in the cupboard.
The consideration of change over the century is about loss, though I think that social change is gain rather than loss.
Since then, I have just read and read - but, that said, I suppose there is a raft of writers to whom I return again and again, not so much because I want to write like them, even if I were capable of it, but simply for a sort of stylistic shot in the arm.
It was a combination of an intense interest in children's literature, which I've always had, and the feeling that I'd just have a go and see if I could do it.
It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency.
I've always been fascinated by the operation of memory - the way in which it is not linear but fragmented, and its ambivalence.
I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after, which may be something more like this again, maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction.
I'm now an agnostic but I grew up on the King James version, which I'm eternally grateful for.
I'm not an historian but I can get interested - obsessively interested - with any aspect of the past, whether it's palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past.
I'm not an historian and I'm not wanting to write about how I perceive the social change over the century as a historian, but as somebody who's walked through it and whose life has been dictated by it too, as all our lives are.
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