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“In my studio there are always people coming through – writers, critics and friends, and we all sit down and eat together. There is always bread, cheese and soup. The idea is that anyone who comes gets fed. It’s quite comically Jewish, but if someone goes away without eating you feel like you’ve somehow failed.

I grew up in a deanery in Canterbury and so many people from all around the world used to pop in for meals – everyone from Desmond Tutu and the Pope to writers, musicians and novelists. My mother always made sure there was bread and she…



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