Malcolm Bradbury. Thought for World Book Day

Rates of Exchange
‘…there are the politicians, and the priests, the ayatollahs and the economists, who will try to explain that reality is what they say it is.

Never trust them: trust only the novelists, those deeper bankers who spend their time trying to turn pieces of printed paper into value, but never pretend that the result is anything more than a useful fiction.

‘…. I am a writer, not a critic: I like my fictions to remain fictions.’

 

-Malcolm Bradbury, ‘Rites of Exchange’