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Jill Tweedie

  • I have always liked reading biographies. It is the ideal literary genre for someone too prim, like me, to acknowledge a gossipy interest in the living — don't you hate gossips, aren't they too awful? — but avid for any nuggets from the private lives of the dead because that is perfectly respectable, an altogether worthy and informative way of spending one's time.

  • My boredom threshold is low at the best of times but I have spent more time being slowly and excruciatingly bored by children than any other section of the human race.

  • ... writing had to take the form of journalism. Not for me the Shangri-la of fiction. The rewards, if any, would have been too little and too late, the bailiffs were at the door. ... Two large bailiffs, they were, who visited frequently and smiled like grand pianos, the only really reliable men in my life. They told me what they were going to do and if they did it, woe was me.

    • Jill Tweedie,
    • "Strange Places," in Michelene Wandor, ed., On Gender and Writing ()
  • I am still sure of absolute wrong but much less certain of absolute right.

    • Jill Tweedie,
    • "Strange Places," in Michelene Wandor, ed., On Gender and Writing ()

Jill Tweedie, English journalist, writer

(1936)