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Close calls: Author Maggie O'Farrell on life and death scenarios

Just how often do we risk our own lives without knowing it? Maggie O’Farrell revisits 17 brushes with death in her memoir "I am, I am, I am" and, in doing so, makes a joyful case for the risky business of living. Discussing reckless moments in her own youth, we touch on the way young girls develop self-preservation strategies as they venture out into the world.

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O’Farrell also tells us why she never thought she'd veer away from fiction and where she developed the observational skills that made her into the writer she is today.

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