"There's a great relief at the slowness of a novel. On the other hand, there's an even greater relief, if you stop halfway through a novel, and write a couple of short stories, they are so short, crisp and different. I think my novels have an awful lot of the short story in them. But I don't think short stories have much of a novel in them, except they've all got plots, they are all stories – none of your modern stuff, you know!" Read more in the Guardian.