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‘Those heaps of books in the living room left as if to mark my territory, with their scruffy bookmarks, torn up poetry drafts may, of course, be evidence of a project.’
‘You form a band with other girls and write song lyrics instead. You walk this flimsy tightrope; eager to do well yet terrified of being ostracised as a brain-box.’

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.