Rachael English: a fiction writer who is tuned into real life

Rachael English’s day job as an RTÉ broadcaster feeds into rather than hampers her writing: interviews carried out in the 1990s with women who were born in mother-and-baby home sowed the seeds for her latest novel

23rd February, 2020
Rachael English: a fiction writer who is tuned into real life
Rachael English: 'Writing has become part of my life, and there’s nothing so lovely as having a book humming around in the back of your head.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

Rachael English doesn’t make a habit of talking about sex in the workplace. But as she sat in a meeting with her then boss Kevin Bakhurst at RTÉ some years back, it seemed like there was no avoiding the topic.

“There’s not anything in the book that’s going to embarrass us, is there?” Bakhurst said to her. English laughs as she recalls the incident, and how she paused, thinking of the racier...

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