Clare Allan, the author of Poppy Shakespeare who joined us for our ‘New Beginnings’ Readers’ Day last March (and also wrote about her dog, Meg, for The Reader 39), is a columnist for the Guardian on mental health issues. This week, she’s written about how fiction has restored her faith in humanity:
But in reality we live in a world peopled entirely by round characters presented to us from the outside. Trapped as we are in our own perspective, there is a constant temptation to flatten those around us, to see types as opposed to individuals. But fiction forces on us the dizzying reality that inside every human being is a world as unique as our own.