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I used to have no interest in either Sri Lanka or Ireland. Now I am obsessed with the both

By Charlotte Cory   July 2000

Last wednesday evening, in the middle of an exceptionally lovely week in early spring, I went into Manchester to hear Michael Ondaatje reading from his latest novel, Anil’s Ghost. In anticipation of the large audience which a writer of Ondaatje’s stature can command, the event was held in St Ann’s Church just round the corner from Waterstone’s bookshop. This church is itself just round the corner from where the IRA planted the bomb which so dramatically propelled the negotiation of a settlement to the province’s troubles to the centre of British politics. Those of us who live locally still marvel…

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