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James O’Brien: “Everyone else is frightened too”

“I have a third nipple”

By Prospect Team   March 2021

© Nick Taylor

What is the first news event you can recall?

The sound of my dad dictating his Daily Telegraph copy down the phone was a constant of my childhood but the first time I clocked what a story was about, I was five and a half. My mum’s friend Sheena turned up on our doorstep in tears because someone called Elvis Presley had died. I thought she must have known him very well.

One bit of advice you’d give to your younger self?

Everyone else is frightened too, and if they’re not they’re probably sociopaths.


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