Bernice Rubens

Literary Birthday – 26 July – Bernice Rubens


Eight Quotes

  1. If you’re a writer there will come at least one morning in your life when you wake up and want to kill your agent.
  2. [On being a judge for the 1986 Booker Prize:] I got to the point where I couldn’t read a laundry list without considering it for the Booker Prize.
  3. I have a kind of habit – I write the book then I do the research to see if I got it right. That’s what normally happens.
  4. I don’t particularly enjoy writing, I love having written. I like having ideas – I can have them when I’m in bed or something, nowhere near my desk. Then I can develop them and when I get up I write them. They may not sound so good when you write them down, but I like that aspect very much, when you’re developing in your mind. That’s very exciting.
  5. I think I’ve done my bit for teaching because I taught a lot of creative writing, and that’s nice, when you discover a new talent.
  6. [On The Booker]… it’s a good prize to win. It doesn’t mean to say you’ve written the best book.
  7. A book’s a book, a film’s a film, and if it’s different I don’t get offended.
  8. I don’t think I would find a publisher now. They don’t read the books, they weight them, and their accountants play a very huge part in it. It helps to be young, it helps to be pretty, which means you can go on telly – it’s all PR now.

Bernice Rubens was a Booker Prize-winning Welsh novelist. Her early novels included the comedy Set on Edge, Madame Sousatzka, and Mate in Three. She on the Booker Prize for her fourth novel, The Elected Member.

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