‘There was always more to marvel at. The creation of emotion. The uncanny beauty of a phrase upon the page. The places you went that you might never have expected to go.’
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Alicia Foster speaks with Catherine O’Flynn about her unusual childhood in an isolated former nursing home, growing up goth, her twin passions of visual art and literature, and accidentally becoming a novelist after being an academic.
‘I feared these books would be dull, staid and part of the establishment that I was so busy rebelling against; and then I read Wuthering Heights.’
‘It’s a habit I don’t have; re-reading. It’s simply too risky. It’s not the text you remember differently, but the person you were.’