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'Our 'not up to much' has within it the seed of something useful, and a rewrite can lead to something not bad... It's the unrealistic expectation — if not outright fantasy — that we can write a dazzling first draft which keeps us inert.'
The novelist Anna Haycraft (Alice Thomas Ellis) died of lung cancer in 2005. Deborah Bosley, who along with Beryl Bainbridge, Shelley Weiner and Caroline Blackwood was one of Anna’s literary protégés, recalls a life rich in letters, love, children and faith. At the centre of it all was Anna’s profound domesticity, heady with books, booze, family and fags. And it revolved round the kitchen table.
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