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Paula Byrne speaks with James McConnachie about Jane Austen’s laptop, why she wouldn’t write about somebody she had no affinity with, being a ‘footnote queen’, recovering lost women’s voices, and being a pioneer of the ‘partial life’ biography.

‘Go to Paris. The boat train leaves from Victoria. Remind yourself how to play. Two: there is no need to get hysterical when things aren’t working.’