J.M. Ledgard quoted in The Independent Jul 29th, 2011
"The opening quotation in Life A Users Manual by Georges Perec is from Jules Verne: Look with all your eyes, look. I think that is what Perec gave me. In my first reading, ‘Life’ seemed celebratory and playful. When I read it again later in life, as a foreign correspondent, the world here and there cut to the bone, the book felt darker. People die alone, schemes fail. I thought this was Perec the orphan speaking, the boy whose mother was killed in a Nazi death camp and father died fighting for France. Now I read the book with a more positive feeling. Perec is showing that life - people, even objects - are precious because they cannot last.”
J.M. Ledgard quoted in The Glasgow Herald Jul 23rd, 2011
"The main risk is that, as a species, we are vulnerable. We are not as stable as think we are. Our evolutionary form is miraculous, but the prognosis is not that good. When you talk to the scientists, the microbiologists, almost none of them think we are going to make it. It is just that the mathematics is really against us."