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Sarah LeFanu explores the question of what name(s) to use for biographical subjects, the ongoing danger ‘of not being quite critical enough’ when the subject starts to feel like a friend, and the persistent asymmetry of naming men by surname and women by first name.

Caroline Brothers investigates the issue of cultural appropriation in fiction, suggesting the right way for novelists to avoid crossing that line.

‘Reality, as defined by novelists, seemed to consist of being of a certain class in a certain city, experiencing certain emotions and situations.’
‘Suddenly, I’m shutting my eyes and plotting the distance as a story line, between the gaping dots, to shape structure.’
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