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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Deborah Meyler: What Are You Reading?

what-are-you-reading-podcast, Deborah Meyler on reading an "astonishing" novel by Booker Prize finalist Edward St. Aubyn.

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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. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Lord Peter Wimsey.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Nobody much. I would probably identify more strongly with the people who are not in history, the mute inglorious Miltons, the women who didn't have rooms of their own.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Smartness, kindness, funniness.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Oh, I am so sorry, I forgot." "I'll just have a cup of tea before I start."

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