‘I only discovered thrillers a year or so ago but they soon became an addiction; in fact I’ve probably read as many in the first five decades of my life as I’ve read in the past year and I am queasily aware that habit is beginning to blunt my reading palate.’
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‘I do still write fiction, but it tips into life. I start with twists of yellow gold and before I know it I’m growing daffodils.’
Mavis Cheek continues her conversation with James McConnachie, discussing how her writing life has charted enormous changes in women’s lives and regretting the dearth of humour in ‘serious’ contemporary fiction.