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‘Plot theorists say you must send your characters ‘into the woods’, but if you have vivid characters they will go into the woods.’
‘Great writers… write how they want. If they want to tell without showing, they do. Read Henry James if you don’t believe me. ‘

Mark McCrum speaks with James McConnachie about his first travel writing adventures in South Africa during the last days of apartheid, being sent rather unwillingly for a further book about Australia, and working out what you’re writing about as you go along.

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