Literary Birthday – 14 July – Susan Howatch

Happy Birthday, Susan Howatch, born 14 July 1940.


  1. Basically, all novelists should want to tell a story, and if they don’t want to, they shouldn’t be novelists. I think story-telling is important and underrated.
  2. It doesn’t do to be sentimental about cats; the best ones don’t respect you for it.
  3. If you pursue the truth far enough you always wind up in the land of paradox. You reach a point where the apparent truth divides into two opposing truths and then you have to try to reach beyond them to grasp the ultimate truth, their synthesis.
  4. It is an author’s primary duty to entertain. Sling out all the philosophical terms, but keep the reader turning the page.
  5. One wonders what would happen in a society in which there were no rules to break. Doubtless everyone would quickly die of boredom.
  6. The great advantage of telling the truth is that one is so much more likely to sound convincing.
  7. I can’t complain about the way I’ve been marketed because it’s been so successful.

Susan Howatch is a best-selling British novelist. She is well known for writing family sagas, which follow the lives of related characters for long periods of time. These include titles like Penmarric and The Wheel of Fortune. Her later books are known for their religious and philosophical themes.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 14th July 2018