I wrote a million words in the first year, and I could never have done that outside of prison.
I've been doing nineteen hours a day on London, nothing else, I mean this has been my whole life, and writing has been put on one side, and if I'm privileged enough to be the Mayor of this city, then I will not write again.
Whenever you analyse anyone who has had any success and they're in the headlines, you will find they are human and make mistakes. I'm certainly that and I've made a lot of mistakes.
I was allowed to ring the bell for five minutes until everyone was in assembly. It was the beginning of power.
I do greatly admire Australian artists.
And so I gave up everything for it - time, energy, research - I dropped everything and so yes False Impression to me was very important indeed.
I'm not taking any interest in politics. I'm not involved in politics in any way. My life is in writing now.
I spent my first three weeks there on a wing with 21 murderers. I met some very evil people there but also some men who'd had no upbringing, no chance in life.
Well I think after leaving prison, and having written three diaries about life in prison, it became a sort of a new challenge to write another novel, to write a new novel.
When I was three, I wanted to be four. When I was four, I wanted to be prime minister.
I'm passionate again about writing. This is important to me; it's got to be the comeback book.
But I certainly made mistakes, for which I regret, I think most human beings in their lifetime make mistakes, mine ended up in two years prison - two very remarkable years from which I learnt a lot.
I am currently doing about 30 charity auctions a year.
And I did wonder - because it's now three years ago since I left prison - whether there would come a time when I would forget it, or it would be in the past as anything else might be - no, it's there every day of my life.
I think my attitude to human beings has changed since leaving prison.
We go on a lot in this country about offences being caused by drugs. The truth is just as many offences are caused by drink. And that should be taken into account.
Actually, Sydney is my second favourite city on earth, I love Sydney, but this is the greatest.
I feel I have had a very interesting life, but I am rather hoping there is still more to come. I still haven't captained the England cricket team, or sung at Carnegie Hall!
Well I certainly have learned and I hope I'm moving on and certainly two years of prison was a terrible punishment.
I've loved art for more than 30 years.
I think when you've lost an election by 179, there's going to be a period of time after eighteen years in government when you can't do anything right, and people just kick you for the sake of it, will never admit they voted Conservative.
But the thing I felt most strongly about, and put at the end of one of the prison diaries, was education.
Exclusive will not be published in book format.
As I say, my real interest is in writing.
At the end of my trial, I was rather hoping the judge would send me to Australia for the rest of my life.
We all make mistakes but one has to move on.
I'm not involved in politics any more and they're quite right.
Sixty per cent of people entering prison today are illiterate.
I learnt a lot about myself, I learnt a lot about other people and the problems they have. If I was lucky enough to live to a hundred, how I will feel about two per cent of my life being that way, I don't know.
It may have modified, it may have changed slightly, but don't let's kid ourselves, Margaret Thatcher did things the rest of the world followed.
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