Claire Tomalin

I would like to have a more social life than I have.Claire Tomalin

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I've behaved badly in my life. I hope I haven't behaved as badly as Dickens! In a way, if you're a woman, you're not in a position to behave as badly, because you don't have the economic power.Claire Tomalin

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I would perhaps like to go back to writing small books about obscure people.Claire Tomalin

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Dickens is a lover of human beings; a relisher of human beings.Claire Tomalin

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I was very priggish as a child. I saved up for a book on medieval English nunneries, for which I was despised by my friends.Claire Tomalin

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I didn't start writing my own books until I was 40.Claire Tomalin

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If I'm in a state about a book, I'll get up at 6 A.M. and write before breakfast, but usually I'll start afterwards and then work a full day with a break for lunch.Claire Tomalin

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When I kept a diary, I realised that it was all moanings and depression, and I think that is quite common.Claire Tomalin

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Essentially, I spent most of my childhood with my mother and my older sister, and I suppose I had rather a romantic vision of how things might be if there were men around; I saw myself in a country house with six children and a garden. That has never been achieved - and I still regret it.Claire Tomalin

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It's a difficult thing to lose a child, a grown-up child.Claire Tomalin

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You become more tolerant when you become older. You're not interested in rapping people over the knuckles; you're interested in understanding them.Claire Tomalin

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Simon Russell Beale is an incomparable speaker of Shakespeare and a superb all-round actor.Claire Tomalin

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'Words and Music' on Radio 3 is always a treat. Actors read passages of poetry and prose interspersed with music, and nobody tells you what it is. Later you can look it up online, but at the time you can't cheat.Claire Tomalin

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'Philomena' was even better than I had expected. I was so pleased to see the evil Irish nuns thoroughly exposed, and I thought Judi Dench gave a flawless performance, as did everybody else.Claire Tomalin

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The thing I love about Rome is that is has so many layers. In it, you can follow anything that interests you: town planning, architecture, churches or culture. It's a city rich in antiquity and early Christian treasures, and just endlessly fascinating. There's nowhere else like it.Claire Tomalin

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I always try to travel light.Claire Tomalin

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Dickens was very practical and sensible.Claire Tomalin

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When you live with Dickens for years, reading him and trying to present him as faithfully as you can, you can't fail to love the man - so the shock of his bad behaviour is considerable, even when you know it is coming.Claire Tomalin

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It's an odd situation: I could not write about someone for whom I felt no affection or admiration.Claire Tomalin

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I have been fascinated by Dickens worshippers who strenuously deny that he did anything wrong in relation to his wife, even though the record is clear that he did.Claire Tomalin

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Today's children have very short attention spans because they are being reared on dreadful television programmes which are flickering away in the corner.Claire Tomalin

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All writers behave badly. All people behave badly.Claire Tomalin

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The young Dickens was so alive, so self-confident, so funny.Claire Tomalin

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I think people are always saying things are 'over.' Fiction has been regularly 'over' since the 19th century.Claire Tomalin

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I know it sounds pathetic, but I don't know who I am.Claire Tomalin

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I fell in love with Shakespeare when I was 12, and I read the whole works. Yes, I was precocious.Claire Tomalin

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Everyone finds their own version of Charles Dickens. The child-victim, the irrepressibly ambitious young man, the reporter, the demonic worker, the tireless walker. The radical, the protector of orphans, helper of the needy, man of good works, the republican. The hater and the lover of America. The giver of parties, the magician, the traveler.Claire Tomalin

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One of my most vivid memories of the mid-1950s is of crying into a washbasin full of soapy grey baby clothes - there were no washing machines - while my handsome and adored husband was off playing football in the park on Sunday morning with all the delightful young men who had been friends to both of us at Cambridge three years earlier.Claire Tomalin

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I belong to the Richmond Concert Society, who put on very good concerts.Claire Tomalin

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'A Christmas Carol' has been described as the most perfect of Dickens's works and as a quintessential heart-warming story, and it is certainly the most popular.Claire Tomalin

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