Boyle mentions one particular teacher who put him on the road to storytelling. “This man made us all devotees of Mansfield Park. It was at a boys’ school. How you get 16-year-old boys to love Jane Austen I do not know! He’d put on plays, and I’d act in some of them and I took his advice and did drama and English at university. Years later, I directed a play at the Royal Shakespeare and I wrote to him and asked him if he wanted to come. He did. And the play was successful, thank God.”
Considering my boys run screaming from the room at the mere mention of Miss Austen, that is an accomplishment indeed.