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Deborah Meyler

Deborah Meyler was born in Manchester, read English at Oxford University, and completed a Master of Philosophy thesis on American fiction at St. Andrews University. She eventually moved to New York, where she worked in a bookshop for six years, sold paintings, and had three children. She now lives in Cambridge and is working on her next novel.
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I stole it from F.J.Foakes-Jackson, a Cambridge scholar and clergyman: “It’s no use trying to be clever—we are all clever here; just try to be kind—a little kind.”

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "When I am laid in earth" - Dido's song by Purcell, Scarborough Fair, "I get along without you very well" by Chet Baker, Loser by Beck, O Salutaris Hostia

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Apart from the real big ones, that we all presumably have, such as something bad happening to the people I love - my greatest fear is boredom. It hasn't happened very often since I grew up.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I think here, in a small house in Cambridge, with sunlight slanting through the blind, is fine.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Tom Stoppard. When he dies, unless I die first, he might be the dead person I most admire. Though really I think Shakespeare is immoveable there, and I am pretty impressed with St Lawrence as well.

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