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Lifelong lessons from Matilda, Hermione and Lyra

When I was seven, I spent a lot of time trying to move things with my mind. I tried to pick up pencils or tip over glasses of water telekinetically.

The reason I tried to do these things was that I wanted to be like Matilda, the precocious heroine of British author Roald Dahl's 1988 novel of the same name.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 14, 2018, with the headline 'Lifelong lessons from Matilda, Hermione and Lyra'. Print Edition | Subscribe