‘Considering one’s life requires a horribly delicate determination, doesn’t it? To get to the truth, to the heart of the trouble. You wake and your dreams disband, in a mid-brain void. At the sink, in the street, other shadows crowd in: dum thugs (they are everywhere) who’d like you never to work anything out.’

– Gwendoline Riley, First Love

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‘The grief trumpets its triumph. It is raving. It craves violence for expression, but can find none. There is no end. The drowning never ceases. The water submerges and blends, but I am not dead. O I am not dead. I am under the sea. The entire sea is on top of me.’

– Elizabeth Smart, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

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