- I don’t think writers choose the genre, the genre chooses us. I wrote out of the wish to create order out of disorder, the liking of a pattern.
- Interview with Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph, 26 Sep 2009 
- It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
- I can understand the poor and stupid voting for Marxism or one of its fashionable variants. If you've no hope of being other than a slave, you may as well opt for the most efficient form of slavery.