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Portrait of Kate Grenville

[It] is a story about the past, but it’s very much about the present too. Women today are still steering a course, as my mother did, around the same puzzles.

Portrait of Claire Tomalin

I know it sounds pathetic, but I don't know who I am. One of the things I have done since I started writing biography is live through them. Those lives are still with me.

Biographer Claire Tomalin explains why she might not write her own memoir

Portrait of David Mitchell

A book can’t be a half-fantasy any more than a woman can be half-pregnant.

A fictional literary agent in David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks

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