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My life as a Jean Rhys heroine

By CAR Hills   February 2001

in december i had lived in my flat for 21 years and I gave a little party to celebrate. There were six of us, all between 40 and 60, but mostly in good shape and the only woman was beautiful. The party ended early, but I woke up the following morning feeling cheerful and it occurred to me that it had perhaps resembled some convivial gathering of the early 19th century, in which Charles Lamb might have taken part.

To mark the anniversary, I read my guests the entries in my diary for 14th and 15th December 1979. The first…

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