‘I was taken to the library for a fresh crop of books every week; a magic carpet ride to a million different places and times.’
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‘A new feeling emerges, a desire to bear witness to the dignity and passion of our human lives. To write with as much simple presence and transparency as possible.’
‘We are living in the midst of the greatest scientific efflorescence in history, but most of it does not percolate through to a rather bemused lay consciousness. ‘
That first phrase or line is like a magnet drawing other words to it and they begin to gather, sometimes quickly, sometimes over years, but again have to be scribbled down before I forget them.