‘One by one they’re led into the box. They swear their oath. They confirm their name, their employment, why they were where they say they were, what it was they saw.’
Dad’s the Word
‘There is no escaping the fact that parenting involves treasuring those rare moments of solitude.’
Are We Related?
‘Most family relationships are difficult, and sometimes they can become the most difficult human relationships of all.’
Loved Ones: Introduction
One of the world's unfair divisions is that between the writer and the written-about, and this is nowhere more true than in the literary form called the memoir.
‘The last issue of Granta celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary and retraced a little of its pre-1979 history as a magazine for and by the students of Cambridge University.’
When Did You Last See Your Father?
‘When did you last see your father? Was it when they burned the coffin? Put the lid on it? When he exhaled his last breath? When he last sat up and said something? When he last recognized me? When he last smiled? When he last did something for himself unaided?‘
Salman Rushdie | Interview
‘It’s often said that writers should never explain their work, but perhaps we could agree that these are exceptional circumstances.’
Talismans of Blood and Memory
On the worldwide campaign to return sacred objects to the ancestral communities from which they were taken.
‘My curiosity about lesbianism was an accomplice of my feminism: a path that allowed me to be sexual and free.’