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'I take to the stage at book festivals around the country, doing around twenty to thirty chairing gigs a year. I’ve looked Derren Brown in the eye, facing down predictions from friends that he would hypnotise me into talking gibberish.'
Lucinda Hawksley considers the evidence relating to the mystery surrounding the last hours of her great-great-great-grandfather, Charles Dickens.
On successive visits to Bleak House, Charles Dickens’s home in Broadstairs, Sally Kindberg gets up close and personal to the celebrated author.

Amanda Mitchison shares the ways she’s entwined with Scottish history, and how one of Scotland’s great historical outrages reached through time to shape the course of her novel.

Lucy Moore explores the challenges of choosing a subject, the dangers of identifying too closely, and how she looks for stories that both allure her and also urgently need telling.

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