‘Fiction suggests rather than dictates, it alludes rather than presents; building deep wells layer by layer where what’s not written is as important as what’s actually written.’
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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.