Deborah Meyler

Deborah Meyler was born in Manchester, read English at Oxford University, and completed a Master of Philosophy thesis on American fiction at St. Andrews University. She eventually moved to New York, where she worked in a bookshop for six years, sold paintings, and had three children. She now lives in Cambridge and is working on her next novel.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I stole it from F.J.Foakes-Jackson, a Cambridge scholar and clergyman: “It’s no use trying to be clever—we are all clever here; just try to be kind—a little kind.”

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Apparently I am sunny. I would say I am enthusiastic.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Nobody much. I would probably identify more strongly with the people who are not in history, the mute inglorious Miltons, the women who didn't have rooms of their own.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I am not telling you.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. As Rory Kinnear plays him, Iago, though favourite would not be the right word. He made Iago truly despicable.

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