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‘I wrote more to occupy my time and because writing was an activity suited to my hyperactive imagination and love of language, than to learn about Japan.’
‘Sometimes it’s exciting, and I wish the British Library had a room where you could roar with delight when an ancient document has provided the answer to a riddle.’
‘I like to sit and read at one of the narrow tables next to the floor-to-ceiling windows on North Front 4, occasionally looking out across college gardens.’