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" For me, whatever age or size I've been, I have rather liked myself. The shell is not the thing at all. "
" Divorce is not easy, but if you genuinely put your kids first, that dictates the civility you should show each other. What example are you otherwise? "
" If I had been around when Rubens was painting, I would have been revered as a fabulous model. Kate Moss? Well, she would have been the paintbrush. "
" That's the weird thing about not being married - you can't get regular kissing; you can't be guaranteed of it, and that's a great shame. "
" That's the awful thing about dating. Tight underwear. We would all like to be in a big bra and pants and when you are in a secure relationship you can do that. "
" Writing has become my great joy - I simply love it. "
" The person I have admired the most in comedy terms would be Eric Morecambe, who is my total hero. "
" I think of myself now as a writer, although I wouldn't go as far as to say 'novelist' because that sounds like a Victorian person. "
" Why would anyone want to be called a size zero or even aspire to being a zero? I don't even understand the thinking behind it, let alone the practicalities. What is all that about? "
" In actual life I am a grumpy old bag. "
" When I wrote 'Dear Fatty,' I realised that sitting and writing alone is an absolute joy. "
" Young people need their own private places which mothers don't belong to, even if they want mother all around the edge of that. "
" I never do any television without chocolate. That's my motto and I live by it. Quite often I write the scripts and I make sure there are chocolate scenes. Actually I'm a bit of a chocolate tart and will eat anything. It's amazing I'm so slim. "
" I keep my own personality in a cupboard under the stairs at home so that no one else can see it or nick it. "
" I'll always be a fat girl and I am happy with that. "
I Am Happy
" Evolving into a middle-aged person is quite interesting if we can understand what it means. I would like to think it meant being a bit sure of what I want. "
" I'm known among my friends for saying things I probably shouldn't sometimes, but I have to get things out in the air. "
" I don't know what the future holds, but I have to be confident about it. It's just the way I am. "
" I've never disliked myself, and my weight has had nothing to do with my self-esteem. "
" I've always loved kissing. We all do, don't we? "
" Why would I worry about getting older - what's to moan about? "
" I am a rubbish flirt. "
" Any people whose lives are about the way they look, whether it's fat or thin, are in a dangerous area. "
" I have turned away from the thought of writing fiction in the past through what I suppose is, actually, fear. The direct, raw invitation for the reader to come in and explore my imagination is fairly scary for me so I have busied myself with so much else. "
" I've often said the most difficult things I have to say to people through humour. I can very quickly put someone in their place with it. But we all walk away unscathed because there's been some funnies around it, and I'll usually make sure that it comes back at me. "
" Other than my memory being a bit woolly and my knees being a bit creaky, I don't really think there's anything I can't do. "
" I am a kid in the dressing-up box at heart. "
" My approach to parenting is that everything is open - everything. I'm not very good at covert, or subtle, and I've had to learn timing. I do blunder in a bit. "
" I'd like to play a horse, many people think I already have. Either end of the horse would be fine. "
" I watch schlock telly. Like the 'Kardashians.' I love it. It's my guilty pleasure. "
" I've chosen to stay in a jolly place for most of my life, and that is a lot of who I am. "