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‘As young Pip scurried across the grey, shadowy marshes, trees leaning over and reaching for him; suddenly it seemed colder in our living room.’

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.

‘A family that reads together passes down a wonderful inheritance; words enveloped in love, and thus given meaning.’