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My top ten fears

Delia Jarrett-Macauley, 46, is a writer, broadcaster and academic. Her first novel, Moses, Citizen & Me, is published by Granta in February.

By Elena Lappin   March 2005

10 Big people I’m five foot one and conscious of being small. I have a fear of tall people, which is most people when you’re my height.

9 Anything that goes bang  I am afraid of fireworks, thunder and lightning. I don’t go outdoors, I hide in hallways, away from windows. I don’t want to see the flashing lights.

8 Letting people down at dinner parties  Before the guests arrive, I think “Oh God, there’s not enough food!” There’s always enough food. I can’t stand not being good enough. Deep down, I’m actually afraid of not being good enough for myself.

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