»When I had no money, I used to grieve, just stand in a very Dickensian way outside bookshops. I would always prefer to go get another Dickens off the shelf than pick up a new book by someone I’ve not read yet. I’m a hard reader. I’m bitterly disappointed by books. Sometimes I pick up a book and I’m like, please God, please let this be what it looks like it is.«
A highly elusive creature: Tim Adams with a portrait of writer Donna Tartt. Her third novel The Goldfinch will be published in the next days. Read the portrait at The Guardian / The Observer.
»Put it this way: she is all the things I like to think I once was. Sparky and spiky.«
Dame Stella Rimington, former MI5 chief turned novelist, discusses with Tim Adams her strangest meal ever, the state of the secret services and her fictional alter ego Liz Carlyle. The seventh of her novels featuring Liz Carlyle, The Geneva Trap will be published soon. Read the portrait at The Guardian / The Observer.