"You always have to be comfortable that you're doing the right thing," he says. "It might look dangerous but if you feel you're on the right track, just go for it. Intuition is like a muscle and if you don't train it, you don't improve. You need courage to make decisions and discover the qualities that are sleeping inside."
"As liberal and open-minded as I am, part of me is closed off to the idea of real intimacy. It terrifies me – knowing everything that's going on in somebody's mind and knowing somebody knows what's going on in your mind."
"I write all this bleak, urban, edgy fiction but I'm reasonably happy. The real miserable fuckers are the people who write beautiful poetry. I'm sure there's no empirical basis for saying something like that other than my own prejudices, but I'm quite happy with my own prejudices."
“Nobody ever offered me enough dough to sell out. If they gave me a million I would sell out but they never do that. They’ll maybe offer me 10 grand and a packet of Woodbines. With working-class artists, they hope you’ll sell out for a working-class wage.”
"I didn't realise how much it was affecting my life. I thought I was just stressed in general but actually it was the fact that I had a flight coming up. Once you take that out of the equation, life gets much easier."
"I’ve always been fascinated by day-to-day life, probably because I can’t work out how to live mine. In my experience, you usually find the most interesting things at the bottom of your garden or at the end of your street."