Monday, 25 September 2006

the pram in the hall

The pram in the hall is not the enemy of good art. Cyril Connolly said it was, but different writers respond in different ways. The arc my character follows in The Sound Of No Hands Clapping is in thinking, initially, that having children and being married is an impediment to success as a writer. That the time you feel obliged to spend with your wife and children encroaches on the time you should be spending writing a book. But at the end of the book I change my mind about that and realise that without the order and stability of family life, I wouldn't be able to write anything at all. I'd just be a hopeless drunk.
- Toby Young, The Word, October 2006

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