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‘In addition to the experience of writing an individual book, the career of a writer as a whole is something of a rollercoaster. ‘
‘The first thirty percent of the story usually takes up about seventy percent of the time I will spend on the first draft in total. ‘

Laura Hird speaks with Geoff Hattersley about her beginnings as a writer of bleak and gritty short stories, the real reason her first novel was written in four different voices, and how she gave her mother a literary afterlife in ‘Dear Laura’.

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