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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. 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.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My greatest achievement is a sort of flash of ineluctable joy once, when I was reading Othello. I saw how great it was. Other people have this about God; I'd like it to happen to me over God. Though perhaps if something is ineluctable, it can't be an achievement.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. There are many kinds of happiness. I think they all involve the understanding that they are temporary.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I would like to be a botanist. I was discouraged at school. I would like to create new flowers. I would also love to be a painter of large paintings.

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