A. S. Byatt — English Novelist born on August 24, 1936,

Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE — known as A. S. Byatt (/ˈbaɪ.ət/ BY-ət — is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her on its list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945... (wikipedia)

I acquired a hunger for fairy tales in the dark days of blackout and blitz in the Second World War.
Biographies are no longer written to explain or explore the greatness of the great. They redress balances, explore secret weaknesses, demolish legends.
I think vestigially there's a synesthete in me, but not like a real one who immediately knows what colour Wednesday is.
There are things I take sides about, like capital punishment, which it seems to me there is only one side about: it is evil. But there are two or three sides to sexual harassment, and the moment you get into particular cases, there is injustice in every conceivable direction. It's a mess.
Books that change you, even later in life, give you a kind of electrical shock as the world takes a different shape.