Maggie O’Farrell: ‘Stories help us enter a different space where we can process difficult things’

The author’s latest offering, a longform picture book for children, is a much gentler tome than her most recent novel Hamnet

15th November, 2020
Maggie O’Farrell: ‘Stories help us enter a different space where we can process difficult things’
Maggie O'Farrell says childhood illness turned her into a writer. Photo: Getty

It is 9am on a wet and windy October morning in Edinburgh. Writer Maggie O’Farrell is in her home office, having sent two of her children off to school. The third is getting used to self-directed learning after a confirmed case of Covid-19 at his own school.

Still, it is a “bit early for Zoom”, O'Farrell says, “and I don’t have my face on”. So we talk on the phone instead about her...

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