I don't have any problem getting to the end of books because I'm a very quick reader.
What I remember most is that he made the sitting such fun. It was so enjoyable because he had such high spirits.
The repercussions of the massive explosion (in 1605) would have been even more devastating than the attacks on the Twin Towers in September 2001
[In 16th century European society] Marriage was the triumphal arch through which women, almost without exception, had to pass in order to reach the public eye. And after marriage followed, in theory, the total self-abnegation of the woman.
Darnley, who, like Banquo's ghost, seemed to play a much more effective part in Scottish politics once he was dead than when he was alive.
As long as you persecute people, you will actually throw up terrorism.
I think there's a tremendous split between people who've been through a war and people who haven't.
I'm very interested in good and evil and the moral natures of people.
People in my books tend to get their just deserts, even if not at the hands of the police.
We are privileged. There are poor people out there. We must to do something to make them privileged.
I think mine is the fullest and most plausible account of what went on in Marie Antoinette's life.
I am re-reading Henry James as a change from history. I began with Daisy Miller, and I've just finished Washington Square. What a brilliant, painful book.
I think there has been a great deal of valuable revisionism in women's history.
The concentration in my book on Marie Antoinette's childhood and on her family influences. It is surprising how some books actually start with her arrival in France!
I think crime writing is my link with trying to preserve a sort of order.
Lives in previous centuries for women are largely a matter of class. It would have been fun to have been a rich, privileged woman in the 18th century, but no fun at all to be her maid.
King Charles II liked women's company and well as making love to them.
Mary Queen of Scots was my first love, and that is always something special.
My advantage as a woman and a human being has been in having a mother who believed strongly in women's education. She was an early undergraduate at Oxford, and her own mother was a doctor.
I have no plans for a future Jemima Shore mystery, but would write one tomorrow if a good idea came to me.
That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing.
Ninety-seven is my lucky number.