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Rukhsana Ahmad speaks with John Siddique about her peripatetic childhood in Pakistan, how her concern for other people motivates her to keep writing across years and genres, and how she’s avoided the constraints of the ‘post-colonial’.

‘Even though I have some sympathy for the dislocation you must have felt, I want to urge you to hurry. ‘
‘I lie silently as the last dregs of my once transcendent seriousness drain away. What I’m mostly feeling now is lonely.’