The strange thing about the Harry Potter books is that Harry is, by far, the least interesting character in them. Photograph:  Graeme Robertson/Getty Images

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Author Lean Cullinan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Léan Cullinan has been writing since childhood and is a graduate of the MPhil in Creative Writing at Trinity College Dublin. Her debut novel is The(...)

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