A personal portrait of Andrew MacLean “as I knew him”, and my response to Richard Mayne’s Betrayed. What does the book have to tell us about the writing of historical narrative?
What do writers worry about when writing about real people? What standards do we follow when writing about individuals no longer around to be interviewed? Are there exceptions to rules of fairness? Susan and Rory each reflect on encounters with fairness in their own work, and the moral imperative of seeing the world through the eyes of others.