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My top ten fears

Carole Angier is the author of, most recently, The Double Bond: Primo Levi, A Biography (Penguin)

By Elena Lappin   November 2004

10 Death. When my son was young I was terrified I was going to die before he was grown up. Now what makes me really angry about death is that I won’t know what happened afterwards.

9 Asking questions. I’m afraid of being seen not to know something, the way men don’t like asking directions. Of course, I spend my whole life asking questions: as a biographer, I have to do exactly what I’m afraid of.

8 Losing things: a piece of paper, a fact, some key point that I’ve forgotten to note down. I am an obsessive filer.…

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