Loved ones in the literary dock
Do writers make for bad parents, or is John Banville just making excuses?
‘They fuck you up, your Mum and Dad.” So ran the famous 1971 quote by Philip Larkin – a line that has been used by writers for decades now as a handy way to explain and excuse their foibles.
But it turns out that this quotation may be slightly off-target. Actually your parents may not fuck you up. Unless, of course, they happen to be writers, in which case they almost certainly will, at...
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