Walk the line: Audrey Magee on creating space for the reader and the importance of the ordinary

The Enniskerry author of The Colony, which was longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize, made the leap from journalism into writing and hasn’t looked back

Audrey Magee “The Omagh bombing in 1998 was probably pivotal for me in understanding that it is actually the ordinary that’s the most precious thing we have”

I suppose I always thought of writing as a career but in Ireland, it was such a thing on a pedestal. You couldn’t even dare to consider yourself in that realm.

I grew up in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow and there’s an image in my head of writer Frederick Forsyth coming down the hill in the morning to get his paper and going back up again, with the paper under his oxter. He’d be in his ...