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My top ten fears

Lucy Ellmann, novelist

By Elena Lappin   April 2004

Lucy Ellmann, 47, is the author of, most recently, Dot in the Universe (Bloomsbury). She is at work on a new novel about doctors.

10 Computers. How can we entrust everything to these machines which make us lose it all? I don’t have email and don’t use the internet. I don’t need erectile tissue ads sent to me, even by friends.

9 Money. I am afraid of being humiliated by accountants who use scary words like net, capital, interest, income, taxes.

8 Bad pie. Every time I eat a pie I am afraid of the inevitable disappointment. Pies…

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