A. N. Wilson – Of all liars the most…

Of all liars the most arrogant are biographers: those who would have us believe, having…


“Of all liars the most arrogant are biographers: those who would have us believe, having surveyed a few boxes full of letters, diaries, bank statements and photographs, that they can play at the recording angel and tell the whole truth about another human life.”
-A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson – The Royal Family are not…

The Royal Family are not like you and me. They live in houses so big…


“The Royal Family are not like you and me. They live in houses so big that you can walk round all day and never need to meet your spouse. The Queen and Prince Philip have never shared a bedroom in their lives. They don’t even have breakfast together.”
-A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson – Nearly all monster stories depend…

Nearly all monster stories depend for their success on Jack killing the Giant, Beowulf or…


“Nearly all monster stories depend for their success on Jack killing the Giant, Beowulf or St. George slaying the Dragon, Harry Potter triumphing over the basilisk. That is their inner grammar, and the whole shape of the story leads towards it.”
-A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson – If you read about Mussolini…

If you read about Mussolini or Stalin or some of these other great monsters of…


“If you read about Mussolini or Stalin or some of these other great monsters of history, they were at it all the time, that they were getting up in the morning very early. They were physically very active. They didn’t eat lunch.”
-A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson – In the 18th century, James…

In the 18th century, James Hargreaves invented the Spinning Jenny, and Richard Arkwright pioneered the…


“In the 18th century, James Hargreaves invented the Spinning Jenny, and Richard Arkwright pioneered the water-propelled spinning frame which led to the mass production of cotton. This was truly revolutionary. The cotton manufacturers created a whole new class of people – the urban proletariat. The structure of society itself would never be the same.”
-A. N. Wilson