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Katherine Rundell

  • He was thirty-six years old, and six foot three. He spoke English to people and French to cats, and Latin to the birds. He had once nearly killed himself trying to read and ride a horse at the same time.

  • Books crow-bar the world open for you.

  • I think, actually, everyone starts out with some strange in them. It's just, whether or not you decide to keep it.

  • ... he had kindness where other people had lungs ...

  • ... reading is almost exactly the same as cartwheeling: it turns the world upside down and leaves you breathless.

  • Men! I know these sorts of people. They're not men. They're moustaches with idiots attached.

  • The set of her chin suggested she might have slain a dragon before breakfast. The look in her eyes suggested she might, in fact, have eaten it.

  • ... her face, a visitor had once said, was built on the blueprint used for snow leopards and saints.

  • People say we can't do anything about the way the world is; they say it's set in stone. I say it looks like stone, but it's mostly paint and cardboard.

  • Stories can start revolutions.

  • ... dancing! It's magical, actually. A kind of slowish magic. Like writing with your feet.

Katherine Rundell, English academic, writer

(1987)