‘Does any writer, in fact, work well to a background of distraction? His son’s violin practice drove Philip Pullman to the shed at the bottom of the garden; Virginia Woolf insisted her shed be free of any adornment.’
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A quest for the perfect writing space prompted Fraser Grace to build his own: a hut in the garden, inspired by the one built by George Bernard Shaw, and the prototype for which was the treehouse he’d built for his children.