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My top ten fears

Elliot Perlman, 40, is a writer and lawyer. His novel Seven Types of Ambiguity is published by Faber.

By Elena Lappin   January 2005

10 Appearing in court.All barristers, pilots and surgeons have this fear: that you’re a fraud. You shouldn’t be there. You don’t know your case, you don’t remember the rules of evidence. What you’re best at is lying in bed in a foetal position.

9 My books being rejected. I fear that publishers will turn down my next book because they’re ashamed to publish someone with such childish and ungainly handwriting. They’ll find me out—the crossings-out… And I worry that my books will not be read until after I’m dead. I also fear that I’ll have to rewrite the books I’ve…

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