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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’ve travelled all over the world from Nigeria to Bali, but hardly a day has gone by without giving myself a good dose of thirty pages minimum. ‘