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Joanna Kavenna: I was unpublishable for a long time

12th May 2010

British author Joanna Kavenna was 'unpublishable' throughout her 20s, but perseverance eventually paid off.

Speaking to Reuters, she explained that she wanted to be a writer from an early age but had seven unpublished novels under her belt before her works were finally released.

The author said her first book, The Ice Museum, is a first-person travelogue written over several years and was drawn from her experiences of living in Norway and Estonia.

When writing forthcoming novel The Birth of Love, Kavenna attempted to avoid becoming too autobiographical. However, she told the news provider 'without having had children I don't think I could have written it'.

She also revealed that she crafted the novel while carrying her second child, adding: 'I wanted to write it before the physical memories faded. You forget the true agony of childbirth.'

Reviewing The Birth of Love in the Washington Post, author Valerie Sayers appears to agree with Kavenna's argument, claiming the depiction of birth included in the novel is 'riveting'.

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