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Maggie O'Farrell: 'I wrote at least 17 separate drafts of After You'd Gone'

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The Costa and Women’s prize winner on the long gestation of her debut novel The short answer as to how I wrote my first novel would be: haphazardly. I was 22 and travelling back overland from Hong Kong, where I’d been living, when I went to a museum near Irkutsk. I was the only visitor, and wandering down a staircase, I jumped out of my skin when I thought I saw someone walking towards me. It was only...

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