And I would really like to be a grandmother, but only when Felix or Emily meet the right person and are ready.
At home I have big vats of cabbage soup that I make to slim down.
But I always seem to finish a book and then think, oh God, I’ve got to pay a tax bill, so I’d better write a novel, so I tend not to stop and learn word processing.
But really I’m not terribly interested in what I eat.
For sheer sexiness, a man must be beautiful. Funny. yes. Clever, no.
I have a theory that the secret of marital happiness is simple: drink in different pubs to your other half.
I live at home and, if I want to start work at 11 o’clock, I can.
I love the long grass coming up to meet the willows.
I think it bespeaks a generous nature, a man who can cook.
I was so flattered that someone wanted me to write a book, I said I would. It was published in 1969.
I would really like to spend more time with the family. Every time I go abroad I miss them all dreadfully.
I wrote my earliest piece for The Sunday Times about being a young wife.
I’d never have written the big books in London.
I’m basically a very happy person and I don’t have to be anybody else.
I’ve got a book coming out soon so I just must get some weight off.
If you look across the valley, you can see exactly what I mean: about four beautiful houses, and you think something is happening in each of them. It’s like a mural.
It must be a terrible pressure to have to go to the office.
Leo, sadly, has Parkinson’s, but he used to cook all sorts of dazzling things.
My own parents loved each other very much.
Never drink black coffee at lunch; it will keep you awake all afternoon.
The bank told us we ought to sell this house to pay off our overdraft. Riders saved the day. I was so pleased when it got to number one, I went all around the fields crying and crying.
The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things.
There is nothing more attractive than a man who is not a New Man.
You’ve simply got to go on and on with your family and friends and tell them how much you love them because you never know whether they’ll be there tomorrow, do you?