Elizabeth Jane Howard was born 26 March 1923, and died 2 January 2014.
- I have no bitterness whatsoever about anything that has happened to me. You cannot be a good writer without empathy. Novels in which characters are demonised rather than explored are one-dimensional.
- Laughter is just like champagne — only without the headache afterwards.
- You can’t run from feelings, Charity. You have to face them. Otherwise your future will look just like your past.
- You’ve got to be pretty nervous about the challenge, the blank page – anything could be on it, it could be crap or it could be wonderful.
- I’m 90. Writing is what gets me up in the morning
- The real point of watching television is to forget that you have a brain.
- I think best in a hot bath, with my head tilted back and my feet up high.
- A good mystery keeps you up on Saturday night. A bad mystery puts you to sleep on Sunday afternoon. Either way, you come out ahead.
- And it’s fascinating – the more you think you know about a character, the more you find out about them.
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