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Jenni Fagan | My Writing Playlist

Jenni Fagan

Best of Young British Novelist Jenni Fagan selects five songs that she loves to write to.

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False Accounting

Nuruddin Farah

‘That's what money does to one: makes one suspicious.’

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On Buying a Clavichord

James Fenton

‘Your clavichord breathes as sweetly as your heart.’

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Kwangju and After

James Fenton

‘Some people said they were not ‘with’ the students. They were not in favour of the use of arms. But they were of one voice in saying that the students were their sons, and that if the army came in the students would be put to death. That was why they kept saying: “Tell the truth about us.”’

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The Truce

James Fenton

‘Sotero Llamas was proud of the price on his head.’

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The Snap Revolution (Part One: The Snap Election)

James Fenton

‘It was the Cuba of the future. It was going the way of Iran. It was another Nicaragua, another Cambodia, another Vietnam.’

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The Snap Revolution (Part Two: The Narrow Road to the Solid North)

James Fenton

‘Most of his life has been spent under Marcos's rule, and his habit of thought was to doubt the story as presented in, say, the newspaper, and to try to guess the story behind the story.’

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The Snap Revolution (Part Three: The Snap Revolution)

James Fenton

‘Late that night Marcos came on the television again, and whereas in the previous press conference he had maintained a gelid calm, now he was angry and almost out of control.’

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Cambodia and Someth May

James Fenton

‘When I first saw the draft of the piece which follows, I realized that the book he was writing had reached an essential stage of articulacy.’

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Road to Cambodia

James Fenton

‘The buildings were full of surprises. In one, surrounded by winking lights, the last abbot was lying in his coffin. He had died a year before, and it would be another two years before he was cremated.’

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Let There Be Light!

David Feuer

‘Probably, the Rabbi would have preferred to find a Hasidic psychiatrist, but unfortunately there was no such thing.’

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The Snow Geese

William Fiennes

‘Are these great journeys examples of learned or inherited behaviour?’

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First Story

William Fiennes

‘We talked a lot about voice – the idea that everyone has a voice, their own voice, and this is something to be valued and celebrated.’