‘I stood in the starting blocks, waiting for the dust of my friends’ impressive feats to settle so I could begin my own race under perfect conditions.’ Photograph: iStock

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 John Boyne: “I chose to write Sam and Jessica’s story as a deliberately imperfect one in order for me to highlight the mistakes people make and how important empathy is.” Photograph: Alan Betson

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Grayson  and Philippa Perry attend the V&A Summer Party at The V&A  in London. Photograph:  Mike Marsland/  WireImage

Even as I said it to one of my colleagues, I knew how cringingly petty it sounded: I tell horror stories about my children because I want other people(...)

Dublin Dance Festival, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas Danst Rosas, Photograph:  Anne Van Aerschot

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