Andrew Miller


'Realism' in fiction, is not, perhaps, a generous enough mode with which to respond to the oddness, the dream quality and glimpsed structures of our experience.

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All arrivals erase the journey. (Later, the journey is recalled, perhaps in dreams.)

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What do we want?

What do we want from a piece of fiction? We want someone to have done the thinking and the looking, the paying attention. We want to be presented with a world that convinces, not because it is 'researched' (it may be) but because it arises from a rigour, a vigilance, a slightly crazed openness to […]

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You must work it out for yourself

You have finished. Yes, this time you have really finished. It's done. They won't let you touch it. It's yours of course, but it's also theirs - perhaps theirs more than yours. Anyway, you hardly think about it anymore. When you do you wince. Nothing about it is quite right. You cannot love it (though […]

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Watched (DVD Artificial Eye) Pawel Pawlikowski's 2013 film 'Ida'. The film is set in the Poland of the early 1960s and is shot in black and white. Ida is an orphan raised in a convent about to take her vows. Before she takes her vows - and takes her leave of the outer world - […]

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Could it be 'of'?

Coming close to signing off on the new book, I have a long phone conversation with my editor, mostly to do with prepositions. Language, stared at, does not stay still. Under the microscope little words have tiny tails, they wriggle. The sense then that language has a grammar, that grammar is made up of rules, […]

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Made queasy by science (or just the radio)

After hearing news report on the radio about (some) people with Parkinson's being turned into secret and fanatical gamblers by their medication I spent a morning puzzling over brain chemistry. Most of us are half-familiar with ideas around Dopamine and chemical 'rewards'. Most of us also familiar with the effects of two glasses of red […]

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Growing a face

I suppose one thing the world really doesn't need is another blog but then the world has so many things it doesn't need and seems to bear up under the weight of them so here goes. The new website is intended to catch hold of fragments - reviews, essays, interviews - that deal with my […]

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