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“... Ireland is a wonderful place to write in. Even although the atmosphere was so Faith-laden that I was often worried that I was not writing a book to the glory of God, I had to admit that words flowed from my pen like all-get-out. To be honest, there is nothing to do in Ireland but write.”
“There are people whom one loves immediately and for ever. Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough.”
“I have never been able to wear a hat. My hair is peculiar in that it grows so fast that any hat I put on instantly leaps from my head.”
“Whenever I have tried to do anything For Money it has always led me astray.”
“'In love' is for the romantic. 'Love' for the realist.”
“The world of books: romantic, idle, shiftless world so beautiful, so cheap compared with living.”
“I like a new clean book, freshly bound, particularly when I am the first to read it. I like dirty books — where other people have been before me, slipping fried eggs between the pages as markers — rather less.”
“... I only really love a book when I have read it at least four times ...”
“It is a city of villages, closely connected, each village dedicated to a different way of life.”
“Everything begins in Paris.”
Nancy Spain, English writer, broadcaster, journalist
(1918 - 1964)
Full name: Nancy Brooker Spain.