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‘Those heaps of books in the living room left as if to mark my territory, with their scruffy bookmarks, torn up poetry drafts may, of course, be evidence of a project.’
‘Now she is able to talk again she has told me that it really got through to her. I will always be grateful to Jane Austen for being there at the darkest of times.’
‘I realise that you are spending months inside the tie cupboard, selecting the aeroplane ties to be dispatched to retired Wing Commanders and I acknowledge your quiet despair. But rest assured, you will progress.’