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Joanna Cannon

  • My mother said I was at an awkward age. I didn't feel especially awkward, so I presumed she meant that it was awkward for them.

  • It’s the small decisions, the ones that slip themselves into your day unnoticed, the ones that wrap their weight in insignificance. These are the decisions that bury you.

  • Early widowhood had forced her to weave a life from other people's remnants, and she had baked and minded and knitted herself into a glow of indispensability.

  • There was nowhere to escape the heat. It was there every day when we awoke, persistent and unbroken, and hanging in the air like an unfinished argument. It leaked people's days onto pavements and patios and, no longer able to contain ourselves within brick and cement, we melted into the outside, bringing our lives along with us. Meals, conversations, arguments were all woken and untethered and allowed outdoors.

Joanna Cannon, English psychiatrist, writer