‘I write because I found out early that it was very, very good fun: there was licence and liberty in it. I could make something real and true just by thinking it up,’
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‘I wrote more to occupy my time and because writing was an activity suited to my hyperactive imagination and love of language, than to learn about Japan.’
Michael McMillan charts his beginnings as a writer and artist, and the ambivalence of a double consciousness, of being British yet not feeling at home in the place one was born in, as a recurring theme in his work.