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A reminder from the past of the reason why I write

A 10-year-old postcard on my desk embodies the connection between readers and writers

Amid the detritus on my desk, an empty tiffin box, mouthwash, a mini table tennis bat, a child's painting, a dog's photo, unused calendars, blunt pencils, Panadol to deal with bosses, pinned-up notes, assorted pads with unreadable scribblings, only one item has been there for 10 years.

A postcard.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'A reminder from the past of the reason why I write '. Print Edition | Subscribe