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Sophie M (address withheld by us) asks, February 22, 2007, how Mr Irving began to write:...




How did you start?

MY name is Sophie M and I am a pupil at Backwell Sixth form.

At this time, our teachers are encouraging us to think about what we would like to do for a career. History has always been my favorite subject and I find it the most interesting thing to learn about, particularly British History, for example learning about the foreign secretaries Castelreagh and Canning.

I would be most grateful if you could email me any information as to how to got to where you are in life and if you enjoy your job. This would be extremely helpful, thankyou,



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WRITING is a wonderful career, because if you are a freelancer you write alone and do it when you feel like it, and where you like -- on a beach if need be, or under palm trees, or (ugh) on snowy ski slopes.

As for history, I stumbled into it by chance. I failed O-Level History (but got 17 other O-levels). In 1961 I learned of a historical fact that I - and most other Britons - knew nothing about (the 1945 Destruction of Dresden) and decided to write a book about it, very naive and very childishly, just writing what I found out and felt to be true. Upset a lot of people; it became a bestseller, so I decided to stick with it, forty-four years ago. I was twenty-three at that time.  


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