Anne Enright | 'I often write everything all at once. Memory isn’t linear for me, nor is experience'

Anne Enright | 'I often write everything all at once. Memory isn’t linear for me, nor is experience'

The image on the jacket of Anne Enright’s seventh novel Actress is a black and white photograph of a young girl, wearing a smart matinee coat, buttoned shoes and a bowl haircut, perched on a stool in the wings of a theatre. Her face is turned towards the stage, where an actress performs to an unseen crowd under the spotlight. Only the curve of the little girl’s cheek is visible, but she seems to be enraptured.

The photograph, which Enright had pinned up on her corkboard while working on the novel, is actually of a young Carrie Fisher gazing at her mother Debbie Reynolds on stage. Enright’s...

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