‘Most often I get stuck at the ends and beginnings and of chapters. I can’t start the next chapter until the end of the last one is right. I know this usually means that whatever I’ve written has to be cut.’
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That first phrase or line is like a magnet drawing other words to it and they begin to gather, sometimes quickly, sometimes over years, but again have to be scribbled down before I forget them.
Amanda Mitchison speaks with John Siddique about her family’s writing legacy, her eccentric newsroom roles in the Vatican and Cairo, the current plight of career journalists, and her wistful links to Scotland.