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‘A new feeling emerges, a desire to bear witness to the dignity and passion of our human lives. To write with as much simple presence and transparency as possible.’
‘Two very different teachers put the crazy notion into my head that the daughter of an Irish labourer and a servant could, and should, write books.’
‘I lie silently as the last dregs of my once transcendent seriousness drain away. What I’m mostly feeling now is lonely.’