Facts about Mark Haddon

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Mark Haddon is a famous Novelist from England, he/she is still alive and was born September 26, 1962.

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He/she is born under the zodiac libra, who is known for Balance, Justice, Truth, Beauty, Perfection. Our collection contains 32 quotes who is written / told by Mark.

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Famous quotes by Mark Haddon (32)


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"Many children's writers don't have children of their own"
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"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"
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"I started writing books for children because I could illustrate them myself and because, in my innocence, I thought they'd be easier"
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"I've worked in television long enough to know that when you stop enjoying that type of thing you go home and do something else"
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"Bore children, and they stop reading. There's no room for self-indulgence or showing off or setting the scene"
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"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"
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"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"
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"If kids like a picture book, they're going to read it at least 50 times. Read anything that often, and even minor imperfections start to feel like gravel in the bed"
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"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"
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"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"
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"As a kid, I didn't read a great deal of fiction, and I've forgotten most of what I did read"
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"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"
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"That's important to me, to find the extraordinary inside the ordinary"
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"Science and literature give me answers. And they ask me questions I will never be able to answer"
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"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"
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"I've written 16 children's books and five unpublished novels. Some of the latter were breathtakingly bad"
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"I was born too late for steam trains and a lazy eye meant I'd never be an astronaut"
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"I knew there was a story; once you find a dog with a fork through it, you know there's a story there"
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"From a good book, I want to be taken to the very edge. I want a glimpse into that outer darkness"
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"For me, disability is a way of getting some extremity, some kind of very difficult situation, that throws an interesting light on people"
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"My book has a very simple surface, but there are layers of irony and paradox all the way through it"
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"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"
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"I don't remember deciding to become a writer. You decide to become a dentist or a postman. For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away"
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"B is for bestseller"
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"Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well"
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"Most of my work consisted of crossing out. Crossing out was the secret of all good writing"
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"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"
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"I don't mean that literary fiction is better than genre fiction, On the contrary; novels can perform two functions and most perform only one"
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"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"
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"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"
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"I think the U.K. is too small to write about from within it and still make it seem foreign and exotic and interesting"
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"I am atheist in a very religious mould. I'm always asking myself the big questions. Where did we come from? Is there a meaning to all of this? When I find myself in church, I edit the hymns as I sing them"


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