'I was once drowsing through a press brunch at Claridge’s in my days as a consumer journalist, when the late Dame Barbara Cartland arrived. For a second, it was possible to imagine the maturity of one’s own career being a matter of grand arrivals.'
'I'll resort to tea, but anything stronger would make things much worse. The likes of John Berryman or Dylan Thomas couldn't cope without alcohol. For others, it's been sex or the occult, and Sylvia Plath found inspiration in the proximity of death.'
Nicholas Murray is the author of several biographies, and it is literary biography – and in particular his acclaimed life of Huxley – that he discusses here with George Miller.