Non-fiction books have helped me enormously with lots of my books.
I write because I have always been curious about what it would feel like to be someone else, in a different situation. Fiction is a wonderful way of exploring that.
If fiction changes things, it’s usually because it’s a powerful way of exploring social issues. And it helps us to understand people who are different from us.
The older I get, the more my curiosity grows, and every book I write is a new exploration.
Fiction is often most powerful when the author is exploring an issue – and not writing like a know-it-all who has the perfect answer.
I’m incurably nosey – so naturally I’m a great reader.
Refugees come from many different backgrounds and live in many different circumstances, so I wouldn’t like to generalise. But I think refugees from the U.K. would probably be healthier and better fed than those from many other countries.
One of the fantastic things about books, fiction or non-fiction, is the way they give you a chance to look into different lives.