I like to write about teenagers because it's such an uncertain and dramatic time.
I definitely have managed to overcome dyslexia now to become a fully functional human being but things were a lot more difficult when I was younger.
Books that change you, even later in life, give you a kind of electrical shock as the world takes a different shape.
A. S. Byatt
I don't want to be in everyone's face. I'm a big music fan, and I get really pissed off when it gets like that… and I don't want people to get like that with me.
I can only see my limitations. That's just who I am.
In Czechoslovakia in 1968, communist reformers appealed to democratic ideals that were deeply rooted in the country's pre-second world war past.