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What do writers do all day?

When I was growing up, my father used to say that deciding what you were going to do with your life was difficult, because it was very hard to tell from the outside what a particular job would be like, day to day. Things which looked fun – like being an air hostess – often weren’t. I was a bit bemused by that, because I’d never thought being an air hostess would be fun, but in any case I knew what he really wanted me to be was prime minister, and we both agreed that that would be fun. All through primary school I was going to be the country’s first female prime minister, but when I was fourteen Maggie Thatcher beat me to it, and I had to think again.

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