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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.

‘We sat speechless in the echoing hall, each with our Princess Matic portable manual typewriter, a huge, orange plastic binder file and our bag of coloured key-caps. ‘
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