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‘I wish that I could say I took it on the chin, but I was rather protective and sensitive about my work in those days. ‘
‘As a late starter, approaching sixty, every book I produce has to count. So first I pick an issue I feel compelled to write about. ‘
‘Magpie-like I collect these tantalising fragments. They stay with me, glittering at the edges of consciousness until I pick one out intending to polish it until it gleams.’