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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. ‘
‘”Murder your darlings” doesn’t come from a Calvinist idea that anything that gives pleasure must be sinful; it’s about forcing yourself to act on the little voice that goes on saying that a piece of writing isn’t working.’
‘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. ‘