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The Writer’s Life

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    You were right about the yellow

        I remember when Fourth Estate first showed me the paperback cover to AGE OF CONSENT. I really hated it. I mean, I still think it’s awful. It may come as a surprise to you but authors have disturbingly little power of the appearance…

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    Postcard of My Life

      Writing at 6.00 am and I suddenly need reminding of the coldest of cold for this scene. I want to hear another writer’s description, what they chose to pick out among the myriad of details available. Normally easy: I’d rush upstairs and retrieve Barry…

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    Let’s Study Philosophy In Ireland…

      My sister and I are as different as can be, with opposing values and political views. She cares almost exclusively for things and very little for ideas, unless those ideas can somehow be monetised. I grew up reading poetry and novels while she read…

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    Author Interview With Fish

      My son gets into the car with a large frozen fish in a blue bag. He explains it is for a Sudanese dinner which involves frying just this kind of fish (what kind of fish is it ,exactly?).  That might be all right, the…