"She liked people. Me, I can take them or leave them, but mostly leave them."
- Sue Townsend: The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year
"I’ve always loved books. I’m passionate about them. I think books are sexy. They are smooth and solid and contain delightful surprises. They smell good. They fit into a handbag and can be carried around and opened at will. They don’t change. They are what they are and nothing else. One day I want to own a lot of books and have them near to me in my house, so that I can stroll to my bookshelves and choose what I fancy. I want a harem. I shall keep my favourites by my bed."
- Sue Townsend: Rebuilding Coventry
"One of these days they’ll be making a film where the whole human race gets wiped out in a nuclear war, but everything works out in the end."
- Haruki Murakami: A Wild Sheep Chase