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Julian Turner considers the usefulness of imagination, not just to the writer, but also to the exile and the abused child, and suggests that metaphorical thinking may be psychologically essential.

‘I was always envious of the flute section in the orchestra at school; a row of neat-looking, trendy girls who didn’t have to concern themselves with valve oil or spit keys.’