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Alicia Foster speaks with Catherine O’Flynn about her unusual childhood in an isolated former nursing home, growing up goth, her twin passions of visual art and literature, and accidentally becoming a novelist after being an academic.

‘Wasn’t every writer, like every Jew, an eternal alien? Didn’t it constitute their very state of being? ‘
In fictionalising my own past it was as if I wiped out my real memories and replaced them with those I had shaped, altered and curated. I can no longer be certain what actually happened.
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