Hilary Mantel reflects on her friendship with Elizabeth Jane Howard
No doubt the best conversations are those that never quite occur. I sensed that we both lived in hope, and had frequently lived on it. I always felt there was something I should ask her, or something she meant to ask me. . . . In Jane’s novels, the timid lose their scripts, the bold forget their lines, but a performance, somehow, is scrambled together; heads high, hearts sinking, her characters head out into the dazzle of circumstance. Every phrase is improvised and every breath a risk. . .
Elizabeth Jane Howard:Hilary Mantel on the novelist she tells everyone to read. The Guardian 30/1/2016