Everyone knows the beautiful story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac. How this noble father led his child to the slaughter; how Isaac meekly submitted; how the farce went on till the lad was bound and laid on the altar, and how God then stopped the murder, and blessed the intending murderer for his willingness to commit the crime.
Nothing brings people together more, then mutual hatred.
I was a workaholic. I never stopped. I lived in fifth gear. I bought cars. I invested in stocks. I made more money than I had ever imagined.
London has always provided the landscape for my imagination. It becomes a character – a living being – within each of my books.
There was a commonality in a lot of the private school experiences that I had of children whose lives were not their own. They thought they were their own, but they were essentially gifted this life by their parents. So they were spending money; they were going on trips – I guess, in a way, it is their life, but they didn't earn it.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.