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'My reading is profligate, promiscuous, a hopeless addiction. The evidence mounts behind the closed door of my bedroom. Broken-backed volumes that slip from my hand in the middle of the night accrete over weeks on the rag rug by my bed.'
'He explained that everything else from now on — the agent, the publisher, the deal, the reviews, the readers, the prizes, none of it will be as thrilling as this moment. As satisfying. This is the zenith of all writing, when the writing is done. '
'I know there are far worse things than writer's block; a knowledge reinforced by the same terrible events that were causing mine. But that lengthy exile from the world of words not only halted my novel, it made the terrible thing itself so much harder to bear.'
'Now when I write, it is sporadically, erratically. I've largely reverted to nature. Now that it is no longer possible to take the short, efficient route down our well-weeded pathways, I embark upon rambling detours through overgrown thickets.'
'My growing collection of shanties became a sort of palimpsest, through which I discovered a world of courage and daring, where life was lived from second to second; whose equivalent I had never experienced, except in childbirth.'

Kate Worsley speaks with Bethan Roberts about the rich vernacular in her historical novel She Rises, the origins of its intertwined structure, what learning to sail taught her about character and how her novel has grown into a trilogy.


Kate Worsley speaks with Bethan Roberts about the substantial retraining she took when switching from journalism to fiction writing, the research joy to be found in both disciplines, the problem of impostor syndrome and the value of a good mentor.

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