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.

My Life in 8 Words

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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 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Smartness, kindness, funniness.

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.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I like to sit about doing bugger all so that I can feel terribly guilty about not writing. I also love gardening, painting, talking to my friends.

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.

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