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Jennifer Johnston

  • I am constantly astonished by the fact that once you start to trawl through the waters of memory the strangest things get caught in the net.

  • [On Ireland:] 'Why do we laugh?' 'We have to. It's this country. If we didn't laugh we'd might drown in our own tears.'

  • I take the state of innocence very seriously because it is a state of magic. The loss of that state is what turns us into adults.

    • Jennifer Johnston,
    • in The Scotsman ()
  • I read it one more time before I sent it off to my agent, and I said: 'Oh no! I thought I was writing about a dysfunctional family and all I've done is write a dysfunctional book.'

    • Jennifer Johnston,
    • in The Scotsman ()
  • We are constantly at risk from the people we love most. They are, after all, the only people who can do us serious damage.

    • Jennifer Johnston
  • People who haven't created a present for themselves, as the Irish haven't, cannot create a future, so the past assumes a great importance.

    • Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston, Irish novelist