‘I’m about to journey through a story about a love affair with books. I’m about to place my trust in an unreliable narrator. I’m about to learn about book-burning, book saving, and beauty.’
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Horatio Clare speaks with James McConnachie about the pleasures and plights of Welsh sheep-farming, the creative criminal record of his youth, and why writers should 'live it and leave it until it's ready' when using real life as material.