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‘For me, the act of writing can be transformative; as a children’s writer I’m suddenly allowed to imagine that postboxes are portals to other worlds.’

Alex Martin speaks with Carole Angier about his early writing career as he moves from children’s writing, through English language textbooks, to the whimsical delights of decadence.

‘I came to understand that bad words were only the beginning of the writing process. Brilliance lay not in writing perfectly first time round but in having the patience and skill to rework. ‘