He stood upright in complete nakedness before us, and while the trumpets pealed 'Truth! Truth! Truth!' we have no choice left but confess - he was a woman.


Virginia Woolf

In middle age I wholly lost my way and found myself within an evil wood far from the right straight road we all should tread


Alasdair Gray & Dante Alighieri

My greatest wish - other than salvation - was to have a book.

Life Of Pi, Illustrated

Yann Martel

I had come to Yugoslavia to see what history meant in flesh and blood.

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon

Rebecca West

The message had been carried through the dawn chorus and into the cold pink morning. Effie Truelove was going to die on Friday.

The Chosen Ones

Scarlett Thomas

A perfect fusillade of single answering tones came from seal after seal, travelling rapidly northward, until at the further end of the reef it ceased.

The People Of The Sea

David Thomson

humans are mysterious, even to themselves, and it is this mystery that keeps them going. It is the mystery that makes love possible.

Humans: An A-Z

Matt Haig

I could never run fast enough or far enough. Robby was inside me. Wherever he was, running for his life, he carried part of me with him.

Brothers and Keepers

John Edgar Wideman

There was no need of lock, of door, of wall: this was a prison whose bars were ten thousand miles of water.

The Secret River and Searching for The Secret River

Kate Grenville

Behind every great woman is a man who tried to stop her.

Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere

It was a chain of stories clinging to stories, of love clinging to love. It was an inheritance he did not know how to pass on.

The Valley at the Centre of the World

Malachy Tallack

I imagined he was the type of boy who wondered about things, as I did, who broke his heart wondering about things...

He Is Mine and I Have No Other

Rebecca O'Connor

We have reached a time where each of us must rise to the challenges that confront us. It is time for us to change.

The Reality Bubble

Ziya Tong

Life will become more pleasant and comfortable if we get rid of some of the abundance.


Margareta Magnusson

Memory and forgetting: these are the faculties of mind by which we are aware of time, and time is a mystery

A Primer for Forgetting

Rupert Everett performance

If I had my life to live over again, I would form the habit of nightly composing myself to thoughts of death. I would practice, as it were, the remembrance of death.

Memento Mori

Muriel Spark

Colin Firth introduces The People Speak

Watch Catherine Chanter talking about her debut novel The Well

She wasn't a person to whom things happen. She did all the happenings.

Aiding and Abetting

Muriel Spark

Celia Imrie performance