John Boyne on his book The Absolutist

John Boyne on his book The Absolutist

“And I wondered about what it was like for the families back home, when they would lose their son in a war, and their sacrifice would not be remembered or honoured in some way.” John Boyne, author, 40, Dublin.

Paul Murray on his book Skippy dies

Paul Murray on his book Skippy dies

“I thought I would try and write about the strange, very swiftly changing world that we live in, through the eyes of the people that experience those changes most directly.” Paul Murray, author, 37 years old, Dublin.

Stephen Fry on Ulysses – James Joyce…

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“I’ll tell you the book I have chosen as my favourite book. And it may make some people’s heart sink, because it is associated with difficulty, where in fact it should be associated with joy…” Stephen Fry, 53, polymath, trader in words, entertainer, national embarrassment,  London & Hollywood.

Stephen Fry on his book The Fry chronicles

Stephen Fry on his book The Fry Chronicles

“I managed after prison to pull myself together, do a bit of work, and get a scholarship to Cambridge. It’s a story really, about how I grew into becoming a television performer and writer, and the extraordinary amount of money I made by mistake…” Stephen Fry, 53, polymath, trader in words, entertainer, national embarrassment, London & Hollywood.