5 Caryl Phillips Quotes That’ll Make You Want to Read His Books

By March 13, 2019 Authors, Quotations

Caryl Phillips (13th March 1958) is a Kittitian- British novelist and playwright, best known for his award winning novels. His work often focuses on the experiences of people of the African diaspora in England, the Caribbean, and the USA. As well as writing, Phillips has worked as an academic at various institutions including Amherst College, and Yale University, where he has held the position of Professor of English since 2005.

To date, Caryl Phillips has written more than a dozen novels, historical fiction and plays. Today we’re going to bring attention to some of those works with some quotes and the books they come from.

 “Sometimes I can be walking down the street, or riding a bus, and suddenly I see somebody who remind me of somebody I know back home, and I close my eyes and find myself thinking of the sea, or the taste of grafted mango, or the smell of saltfish frying, and then I come back to myself and open my eyes and realise where I am.”

― Caryl Phillips, In the Falling Snow

“Their hearts began to swell with the pity that one feels for a fellow being who has lost both his way and his sense of purpose.”

― Caryl Phillips, Crossing the River

“I am grateful, and would thank the Gods(if there were any to thank) that I have finally mastered this art of forgetting–of murdering the memory.”

― Caryl Phillips, Higher Ground

“The light on her face was a lesson, a book that she hoped he would want to read, but he looked away from her…she did not want this man to leave her alone. He was kind. And she feared the loneliness of dreaming”

― Caryl Phillips, Higher Ground

“When I walk into a bookshop I don’t know if I’m going to be in British Literature, or if there’s going to be a section called Black Literature and I’m going to be there. Or sometimes they have a section called Caribbean Literature. And then, if they don’t look at my picture, they might think I’m a woman, and I might be in Women’s Literature.”

― Caryl Phillips, Interview with the Daily Telegraph

The Life of Dorothy Hewett, Feminist Poet, Novelist and Playwright

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Dorothy Hewett (May 21st, 1923 – August 25th 2002) was an Australian poet, novelist and playwright known for her feminist writings. Considered one of Australia’s best-loved and respected writers, Hewett published many poetry collections, plays and novels, a lifetime’s work that earned her the accolade ‘The Order of Australia”.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, Hewett was raised on a sheep and wheat farm. She was initially home educated before attending Perth College, aged 15. While the college was run by Anglican nuns, Hewett was an atheist and remained so her entire life.

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8 Armistead Maupin Quotes that are Straight from the City

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Armistead Maupin (13th May 1944) is an American writer best known for his Tales of the City, a series of novels set in San Francisco.

Maupin was born in Washington DC and graduated from Needham Broughton High School before attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His first foray into writing was as a journalist for The Daily Tar Heel.

In 1974 he began what would become Tales of the City as a colum in the Pacific Sun newspaper, moving to the San Francisco Chronicle after the Sun’s San Francisco edition folded. Read More

8 Profound Quotes from Tana French

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Tana French (May 10th, 1973) is an American-Irish novelist and theatrical actor, best known for her crime fiction novels. Born in Vermont, French has lived in several countries including Ireland, Italy, the US and Malawi, due to her father’s job as an international economist. Today she resides in Dublin.

French loved both acting and writing from an early age and her debut novel, In the Woods, published in 2007 won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry awards for best first novel. Today we’re looking at the author through some of her quotes, and the books they appeared in.
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Captain Scott ‘s copy of Dickens goes on display

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Captain Scott ‘s copy of the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield will be going on display at the Charles Dickens Museum in London.

The book was taken on the Terra Nova expedition in 1910 by Captain Scott with the view to sustain morale among his men. Captain Scott and his men would take it in turns to read chapters to the group, keeping spirits up during the harsh Antarctic conditions. David Copperfield was written in periodical chapters with intriguing cliffhangers, making it perfect for reading aloud together.

There was a British tradition of taking libraries of books on expeditions, with Sir John Franklin taking over 1000 books with him on his 1845 journey to the Arctic including some novels by Charles Dickens such as The Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby. 

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Plagiarism lawsuit filed against Brazilian writer

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A plagiarism lawsuit has been filed by best-selling author Nora Roberts against Brazilian author Christiane Serruya. After a few speculative weeks, the case was finally taken to court where romance writer Serruya stands accused of copying work at a ‘rare and scandalous level’.

Nora Roberts, who has written 100s of novels and sold millions worldwide, filed the suit against Serruya in Rio De Janeiro.

The alleged plagiarism first brought to the attention of romance novelist Courtney Milan by her readers who uncovered many examples of almost identical passages taken from different authors. Fellow author Nora Roberts then discovered 41 authors over 93 books had been copied by Serruya, writing on her blog:

“The scope of her theft is so huge, so stunningly wide, she really has nowhere to go, no excuses or reasons that can possibly hold even a drop of water”.

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Court orders release of unseen works by Franz Kafka

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Previously unseen manuscripts from Franz Kafka may be published after a court ruling.

The ruling comes after a decade-long battle with his estate to release a collection of papers kept by an Israeli family in their bank safe-deposit boxes. A district court in Zurich ruled that several of the boxes could be opened and their contents shipped to Israel’s national library.

The treasure trove of Kafka works could include previously unseen works, unfinished books, and personal writings. The work was originally given to Max Brod, Franz Kafka’s editor and publisher, and close friend shortly before Kafka’s death in 1924. He had actually asked for his writings to be destroyed but Brod ignored his wishes and decided to publish The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika, pushing the little-known author posthumously into the spotlight.

However, Brod didn’t publish everything and on his death in 1968, he instructed his personal secretary, Esther Hoffe, to transfer the Kafka papers to an academic institution. Hoffe instead took it upon herself to hide some the papers away and sold others; an original manuscript of The Trial was auctioned for £1m at Sotheby’s in London.

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