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Writing off misery by Jane Edwards

I was listening to Mariella Frostrup on Radio 4 recently in a recorded discussion with the author Sybille Bedford who died in 2006. Bedford’s books, including Jigsaw and Quicksand, were memoirs, thinly disguised as novels.  They were written in what now looks a very modern style, and were arguably forerunners of the current trend for self-disclosing misery memoirs.

It’s frequently said that we all have one novel inside us, but few of us will feel compelled, as Bedford did, to write.  I was rather endeared to her when she said she’d known from childhood that she would be a writer some day, but that she was also a “natural sloth”, pleading to the gods, “make me a writer – but not yet!” Read on »