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Nancy Spain

  • ... 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.