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Writer's blockdown: after a year inside, novelists are struggling to write

A spell at home is surely a good opportunity to write, so why are so many authors struggling? William Sutcliffe, Linda Grant and more share how the pandemic has stifled their imaginations

In early February, after a month of lockdown, William Sutcliffe wrote on Twitter: “I have been a professional writer for more than twenty years. I have made my living from the resource of my imagination. Last night I had a dream about unloading the dishwasher.”

If the first lockdown was about finding space to write (along with a blitz spirit and a Tesco delivery slot), then the second has been far bleaker and harder for creativity. Whether it is dealing with home schooling, the same four walls, or anxiety caused by the news, for many authors, the stories just aren’t coming.

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‘Epoch-making’ paper on importance of handwashing goes to auction

A scientific journal covering a Hungarian doctor’s discovery is up for sale, alongside a letter fro...

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‘This is not an easy treasure hunt’: puzzle book offers readers chance to win €750,000 golden casket

Clues in The Golden Treasure of the Entente Cordiale could lead readers in the UK and France to a hi...

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Sharp rise in parents seeking to ban anti-racist books in US schools

The American Library Association’s annual Top 10 ‘most challenged’ books is usually dominated by ...

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John le Carré, chronicler of Englishness, died Irish, son reveals

Author was so opposed to Brexit that he took Irish citizenship to remain EuropeanJohn le Carré, the ...

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Louis de Bernières reveals 'extreme cruelty' he suffered at prep school

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author says the school, where he boarded from the age of eight, delivere...

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Booker winner Bernardine Evaristo writing memoir about 'never giving up'

Manifesto will chart the first Black Booker prize winner’s 40-year journey to literary centre-stage...

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