Literary Birthday

Haruki Murakami

Literary Birthday – 12 January – Haruki Murakami

Happy Birthday, Haruki Murakami, born 12 January 1949 On Writing: Haruki Murakami Excerpts taken from Murakami’s memoir, What I Talk about When I Talk about Running ‘In every interview I’m asked what’s the most important quality a novelist has to have. It’s pretty obvious: talent. No matter how much…

Literary Birthday – 11 January – Alan Paton

Alan Paton was born 11 January 1903, and died 12 April 1988 Three Quotes from Cry, The Beloved Country There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it. Cry,…
Robinson Jeffers

Literary Birthday – 10 January – Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers was born 10 January 1887, and died 20 January 1962 Five Quotes Imagination, the traitor of the mind, has taken my solitude and slain it. Cruelty is a part of nature, at least of human nature, but it is the one thing that seems…
Philippa Gregory

Literary Birthday – 9 January – Philippa Gregory

Happy Birthday, Philippa Gregory, born 9 January 1954 Seven Quotes I have a great liking for the first person narrative because it gets the reader into the head of the character; it takes the reader back in time, with a sense of immediacy that makes them…

Literary Birthday – 8 January – Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins was born 8 January 1824, and died 23 September 1889 Nine Quotes I have always held the old-fashioned opinion that the primary object of work of fiction should be to tell a story. No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of…
Literary Birthday – 5 January – Umberto Eco

Literary Birthday – 5 January – Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco was born 5 January 1932, died 19 February 2016 Umberto Eco: Top 10 Quotes I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it…
Harlan Coben

Literary Birthday – 4 January – Harlan Coben

Happy Birthday, Harlan Coben, born 4 January 1962 Harlan Coben: Nine Quotes on Writing I never bought the excuse of not having time to write. If you really want to do it, you’re either going to find those hours or eventually decide not to be a…
J.R.R. Tolkien

Literary Birthday – 3 January – J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien was born 3 January 1892, and died 2 September 1973 J.R.R. Tolkien: 10 Quotes I desired dragons with a profound desire. Of course, I in my timid body did not wish to have them in the neighbourhood. But the world that contained even the imagination…
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