God gives us relatives; thank God, we can choose our friends.
You are doing better than you think you are.
I am incrementally a pessimist, but I see the international debate that Edward Snowden has engendered, and I think this is exactly where the discussion should be. So, I would say I'm more optimistic than pessimistic.
I've got some news… I'm delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together. I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we're over the moon.
Good supporters who have single daughters say, 'Hey, you need to take my daughter out.' And it's awkward.
America is full of readers of all different sorts who love books in many different ways, and I keep meeting them. And I think editors should look after them, and make less effort to please people who don't actually like books.
A. S. Byatt