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Review. Lara by Anna Pasternak

The book and movie, Doctor Zhivago, show the passionate love between Yuri Zhivago and Lara, the nurse for whom he betrays his wife. Set between the Russian revolution and the Second World War, it depicts the…

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Lesley Allen

Visits to the library were once the highlight of Lesley Allen’s life. She loved writing too. “I always penned stories. I wrote plays, and my dolls acted them out.” Lesley worked, unhappily, in PR before sidestepping…

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Erik Beck Rubin

Erik got into writing through his passion for reading. “I wrote for the university newspaper, then started writing the stories that weren’t there for me to read.” An amateur pianist, Erik gained his love of classical…

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Robert Harris

Robert Harris never meant to write novels. A political journalist, who, at 30, moved from the BBC to become political editor of the Observer, he enjoyed writing longer pieces; and between 1982 and 1990, he penned five…

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Fiona Harrison

A prolific reader, as a child Fiona Harrison  wrote stories about Roland Rat who would help Margaret Thatcher run the government. She has worked as a journalist for 15 years. “I did my NCTJ training, then cut…

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Andrew Harding

Foreign Correspondent Andrew Harding has covered 25 wars, yet his first book is an uplifting and redemptive tale set in Mogadishu.  ANDREW HARDING has worked as a foreign correspondent for the past 25 years. He has…

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William Ryan

WHAT makes a man capable of murder? What did it take to make former bank clerks and ex-policemen happy to work in German camps whose business was mass murder? It’s a question that has long fascinated…

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Jess Kidd

When she was a child, Jess wrote plays, and roped her friends into performing them. She  started writing it earnest when she attended college. Dropping out, when she became pregnant with her daughter, Jess worked in…

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Shawn Vestal

Brought up a Mormon, Shawn left the faith on leaving home. He always planned to be a teacher, but, after dropping out of university, he began working for a local, weekly newspaper. “I just loved it,”…

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Ann Patchett Review

Ann Patchett’s 7th novel starts at a Christening party. It’s 1964 in Los Angeles, and the heat is crippling. When Bert Cousins turns up, uninvited, carrying a large bottle of gin, the party takes on a…

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Rebecca Ryan

Rebecca won prizes for her short stories when she was in primary school. “I’ve always had a big imagination. Writing on the computer was my equivalent of playing with dolls.” As a teenager, suffering full blown…

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DBC Pierre

DBC PIERRE didn’t set out to pen a book on how to write; he’s never been sure that writing is something that can be taught. When he embarked on his debut, Vernon God Little, he hadn’t…

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