"Novelists are not equipped to make a movie in my opinion. They make their own movie when they write: theyre casting theyre dressing the scene theyre working out where the energy of the scene is coming from and theyre also relying tremendously on the creative imagination of the reader."
"Until we have a better relationship between private performance and the public truth as was demonstrated with Watergate we as the public are absolutely right to remain suspicious contemptuous even of the secrecy and the misinformation which is the digest of our news."
"Its part of a writers profession as its part of a spys profession to prey on the community to which hes attached to take away information - often in secret - and to translate that into intelligence for his masters whether its his readership or his spy masters. And I think that both professions are perhaps rather lonely."
"In every war zone that Ive been in there has been a reality and then there has been the public perception of why the war was being fought. In every crisis the issues have been far more complex than the public has been allowed to know."
"Most people like to read about intrigue and spies. I hope to provide a metaphor for the average readers daily life. Most of us live in a slightly conspiratorial relationship with our employer and perhaps with our marriage."
"History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose."
"You have no idea how humiliating it was as a boy to suddenly have all your clothes your toys snatched by the bailiff. I mean we were a middle-class family its not as if it was happening up and down the street. It made me ashamed I felt dirty."
"The monsters of our childhood do not fade away neither are they ever wholly monstrous. But neither in my experience do we ever reach a plane of detachment regarding our parents however wise and old we may become. To pretend otherwise is to cheat."