Starting a novel… Iris Murdoch on those heady first few moments

Starting a novel is opening a door on a misty landscape: you can still see very little but you can smell the earth and feel the wind blowing. I could feel the wind blowing from the first pages of Nous Les Vainqueurs and it blew strongly and tasted fresh. “So far,” I said to myself, “so good.”

– From Under The Net, by Iris Murdoch

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