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I've lost someone important. There will be no more books. Maybe the greatest novelist of my lifetime.

I've lost someone important. There will be no more books. Maybe the greatest novelist of my lifetime.

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I was just coming here to post about it:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-63007307

Could you tell us something about your connection to her? Which of her books first made an impact on you?

At a mid-point in my life, when I was deeply alone and living in a foreign country, the local used bookstore had her novel of the French revolution A Place of Greater Safety. I just happened to buy it and read it, and it was probably the first novel I ever read where as soon as I finished the last page, I turned back to the first and started all over again.

Somehow the ruthlessness and clarity of her vision made the book a perfect companion for me when I needed truth and strength to carry me through. And ever since, her writing has been a touchstone for me.

This is so beautiful to read! I haven't read any of her books except her Cromwell books (which I adore). I also thought her speech on "Royal Bodies" was so intelligent and humane.