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‘She recited poems to me that she’d learned at school before leaving at 14 to tend to soldiers returning wounded from the First World War.’
‘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.’
‘There will be a lot to cope with. If you knew how much you might jump off the windowsill, but you don’t, and you won’t. Instead you’ll keep on writing.’