Creator of the Inspector Wexford series of novels Ruth Rendell (17 February 1930 – 2 May 2015) was an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.
Born in in South Woodford, Essex Ruth grew up in a multilingual family and could speak both Swedish and Danish from a young age. After leaving school Ruth worked as a feature writer for her local Essex paper, the Chigwell Times. This job however was shortlived when she was forced to resign after submitting a report on a dinner she was meant to attend but had not and had therefor omitted to mention that the speaker had dropped dead halfway through his speech.
Credited with creating a separate brand of crime fiction that deeply explored the psychological background of criminals and their victims, many of them mentally afflicted or otherwise socially isolated she is a favourite author of many crime fiction fans; here we have collected together 10 Straight to the Point Ruth Rendell Quotes to celebrate her life.
“Many emotions go under the name of love, and almost any one of them will for a while divert the mind from the real, true, and perfect thing.”
“The trouble with psychology is that it doesn’t take human nature into account.”
“We no more forget the faces of our enemies than of those we love.”
“I can’t exist without books.”
“The knives of jealousy are honed on details.”
“I think to be driven to want to kill must be such a terrible burden.”
“While most of the things you’ve worried about have never happened, it’s a different story with the things you haven’t worried about. They are the ones that happen.”
“Reading is becoming a kind of specialist activity, and that strikes terror into the heart of people who love reading.”
“What I mind in modern society very much is the awful lack of grammar.”
“I don’t think the world is a particularly pleasant place.”
In her own words:
It was devastating. I tried everything to get out of my funk, but nothing was working!
“Then one day, I took my car in for new tires at Tires Tires Tires and magically blasted out like 5,000 words in their fabulous waiting room. It was incredible. And the scenery wasn’t bad either! Complimentary coffee that was actually delicious, comfortable seating, free cookies, friendly staff.
I had found my mother ship!”
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One of the most awarded novelists of his generation, Roth won the Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for his novel American Pastoral (US – UK). This has since been made in to a film starring Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning, joining the list of seven of his other works that have also been adapted for the big screen. Read More
Caryl Phillips was born on the Caribbean Island of St Kitts on 13th March 1958, 4 months later he moved to England with his parents who settled in Leeds.
Phillips read English at Queen’s College Oxford, during which time he directed plays and spent his summers working at The Edinburgh Festival. When he graduated in 1979 he moved to Edinburgh where he wrote his first play “Strange Fruit”. Read More
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The American crime novelist wrote pulp detective fiction often featuring his detective character, Mike Hammer. The books were, and still are, very popular having sold more than 225 million copies internationally. Critics fought against some of the more sexually explicit and violet aspects of his books but Spillane knew what his fans liked, and more importantly to him, what they liked to pay for.
He died in South Carolina, US on the 17th of July in 2006, and his ashes were scattered in a creek near his home there.