Happy Birthday, Len Deighton, born 18 February 1929
- I create characters made up of many conflicting abilities and inclinations, some of them illogical, some futile. I do this because that’s the way people are. Stories without the moral ambivalence of real life seem artificial to me.
- Anyone can write one book: even politicians do it. Starting a second book reveals an intention to be a professional writer.
- I store away my experiences and don’t feel really happy until I’ve found a way to write about them.
- Do you ever make silly mistakes? It is one of my very few creative activities.
- Screenplays deprive you of a chance to write personal descriptions and describe the environment. You can’t say what your characters are thinking and you can’t refer to memory, in-born prejudice or silent intention. So a writer embarking a screenplay enjoys wonderful, but severely limited, opportunities.
Deighton is a British military historian, cookery writer, graphic artist, and novelist. His best-known novel is The IPCRESS File,
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