'Through journalism, I gravitated to a sort of literary community. A community is supposed to be wholesome thing, but this one was based in the smoky and raucous pubs of Soho. All around us were well-known writers.'
'Our 'not up to much' has within it the seed of something useful, and a rewrite can lead to something not bad... It's the unrealistic expectation — if not outright fantasy — that we can write a dazzling first draft which keeps us inert.'