Quotes by Matthew Kneale

"My opponents' first argument was that the rocks of the earth--which are generally agreed to have once been in a hot and melted state--would have required far longer to lose their heat than the Scriptures described. My reply was that the earth had indeed cooled at great speed, being made possible by a process I termed Divine Refrigeration."

"I began my ministry with some zeal, endeavouring to improve the lives of my flock by launching a little campaign to have the alehouse open only three days in the week instead of seven, and offering--as a nobler recompense--two extra church services. Sadly this little initiative was answered, in certain quarters, with something like hostility."

"All at once I felt myself haunted by a terrible vision, of a world without guidance: a land of emptiness, where all was ruled by the madness of chance. How could one endure such a place, where all significance was lost? I myself would mean nothing, but would merely be a kind of self-invention: a speck upon the wind, calling itself Wilson. I felt my spirit waver, as if it were toppling into the abyss before me."


Books by Matthew Kneale

  • English Passengers
  • 6,454 ratings
  • January 16th 2001 by Anchor

    (first published March 14th 2000)

  • Sweet Thames
  • 341 ratings
  • May 1st 2001 by Penguin

    (first published 1992)

  • Pilgrims
  • 315 ratings
  • June 4th 2020 by Atlantic Books
  • Mr Foreigner
  • 189 ratings
  • November 1st 2002 by Phoenix

    (first published January 1st 1987)

Matthew Kneale
  • Matthew Kneale

  • Date of birth: November 24, 1960
  • Born: in London, The United Kingdom.

  • Description: Matthew Kneale was born in London in 1960, read Modern History at Oxford University and on graduating in 1982, spent a year teaching English in Japan, where he began writing short stories.

    Kneale is the son of writers Nigel Kneale and Judith Kerr, and the grandson of essayist and theatre critic Alfred Kerr.