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“I was born and raised here in San Francisco. My parents were not big readers but my father was an antiques collector and because we had a bunch of old book shelves around the house, he filled them with old books. And that’s mainly how I started reading. When you’re bored as a kid you just pull down these books. It’s kind of strange to me now – some of the choices I made when I was 11 or 12. I used to love W Somerset Maugham’s work, and I wonder in retrospect if that’s in part ­because I liked his name.

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