From a lifetime of working in schools like the fictional Miss Oliver’s School for Girls, Stephen Davenport is creating a series of novels in which characters are put under stress in the intense, hermetic, emotionally charged, mission driven and politically complex world of an all-girls boarding school. The setting and the characters are fictions, conflated and adapted from a lived experience. They are real and authentic – and therefore fascinating.
Good writers and their sophisticated readers know that to tell the story of what happened, you write non-fiction, and to write of what universally happens, you write fiction. Yes, to get at that deeper reality, you make up a compelling story. You tell a lie to get at the truth.
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