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28-01-2021

Amanda Dalton considers the ventriloquism of the author, and encounters the deeper writing self that can speak uncomfortable truths ‘from the gut’.

Shahrukh Husain unveils the obstacles faced by the author, however well-established, who is contemplating a mid-career change of genre.

26-11-2020

Shahrukh Husain speaks with Amanda Whittington about the enduring presence of myths and fairytales in her writing, how Jo from Little Women became her first literary heroine and why Princess Diana is the greatest mythic figure of our age.

'Immersed in domains of magic and adventure, I wondered how these story people tackled the great unknown. What did they feel at a given moment? Why did strangers choose to help or hinder them?'
'I invented a couple of characters, stocked up on stationery and wrote every night. A few months later I submitted a completed manuscript. The rejection letter that followed was the nicest I ever received.'
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