You might also like:

‘Suddenly, I’m shutting my eyes and plotting the distance as a story line, between the gaping dots, to shape structure.’

Amanda Mitchison speaks with John Siddique about her family’s writing legacy, her eccentric newsroom roles in the Vatican and Cairo, the current plight of career journalists, and her wistful links to Scotland.

Shahrukh Husain speaks with Amanda Whittington about the enduring presence of myths and fairytales in her writing, how Jo from Little Women became her first literary heroine and why Princess Diana is the greatest mythic figure of our age.