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the writing life of Allan Ahlberg

Usually you can’t build a house without an architect doing drawings – there is an intention prior to the existence of the building. But books are made up like sandcastles: you add stuff and knock it down and change it – and, in fact, you didn’t even know you were building a castle at first, you thought you were building a garage. Or you were going to have a cave and instead it turned into a garden full of shells.

That’s a quote from Allan Ahlberg in this touching and inspiring article about his life and work. Raise in a tough working class family, so shy he couldn’t buy a bus ticket, he was working as a grave digger when his boss encouraged him to become a teacher. Read the whole story. It’ll brighten your day.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

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