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Diana Evans on the books that shaped her as a writer

26a author Diana Evans on five books that have inspired and intrigued her: 'I am naturally drawn towards writers who are fearless'


The Temple of My Familiar

Alice Walker

The kindness and wisdom of Alice Walker’s writing was one of the things in my late teens and early twenties that helped me to discover who I was. She has helped many women in the same way, and it is this element of social conscience that makes her work so precious – literature entertains, but it also has an enormous capacity for comfort and guidance. ‘Helped are those who are content to be themselves,’ she writes here, ‘they will never lack mystery in their lives’.

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