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The author (be­low) has gar­nered three Man Booker and two Or­ange Prize nom­i­na­tions for her nov­els, which weave to­gether his­tory and les­bian ro­mance. ‘There were sto­ries to be told that hadn’t been told in pop­u­lar cul­ture,’ says our

Writer of the Year on page 206. Her 2009 ghost story The Lit­tle Stranger was made into a film, out this au­tumn, star­ring Ruth Wil­son and Char­lotte Ram­pling. Your woman of the year

‘As a life­long Doc­tor Who fan,

I’m go­ing to have to say Jodie Whit­taker, sim­ply be­cause I’m so ex­cited by the prospect of her tak­ing on the role.’

A woman who has in­spired you ‘Gitta Sereny, the jour­nal­ist and bi­og­ra­pher who wrote un­flinch­ingly about evil, yet also be­lieved pas­sion­ately in the pos­si­bil­ity of redemp­tion.’

A woman you call to have fun with ‘My friend Fiona Leach, the most ir­rev­er­ent per­son I know. See­ing her is al­ways a tonic.’

A woman you would like to have met ‘Vir­ginia Woolf. I’d have been cu­ri­ous, awed and ter­ri­fied, in about equal mea­sure.’

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