Greedy as a novelist

History for a greedy novelist like me is just one more place to pillage. What we’re after, of course, is stories, and we know that history is bulging with beauties. Having found them, we then proceed to fiddle with them to make them the way we want them to be, rather than the way they really were. We get it wrong, wilfully and knowingly. But perhaps you could say that the very flagrency of our ‘getting it wrong’ points to the fact that all stories – even the history ‘story’ – are made. They have an agenda, even if it’s an unconscious one. Perhaps there are many ways to get it right.
– Kate Grenville
(Interviewed in The Telegraph)

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