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Martin Chilton Alexander McCall Smith: ‘The virus shows us we have abused the world’

The bestselling author of 111 books, including the hugely popular No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, talks to Martin Chilton about life under lockdown, his strange writing habits and making it big at the tender age of 50

Kate Russell: ‘We all participate in a culture that allows abuse’

Her debut novel ‘My Dark Vanessa’ has been called controversial but its contemporary update of ‘Lolita’, which takes a deeper look at power and consent, makes us confront our own complicity, she tells Annie Lord