‘The joys and sorrows of a whole life flourish in the space of a few pages,’ observes Erica Wagner in praise of Peggy Denimal’s short story, ‘The Looking Glass’, which beat hundreds of other entries to win Bazaar’s 2018 competition (page 90). Born in France, Denimal moved to the
UK 25 years ago and lives in Sussex with her husband and two teenage daughters. She is currently writing a one-woman play about motherhood.
A literary character you admire ‘Nancy in Oliver Twist. She may be flawed, but Dickens gave her sympathy and integrity. I respect brave characters.’
An author you would like to meet ‘Philip Pullman.’ Your perfect bank-holiday weekend ‘A walk on the South Downs with my family, lunch by the River Arun, followed by a sunny evening barbecue with friends.’