Rachel Cusk began writing when she was a child. Here she talks about her time at boarding school, the “foundational ordeal” of her life, and her art.
“It formed my character more than almost anything else. It was very exposing, not being able to hide in your home, not being protected by your parents, and it was something I couldn’t cope with at all. I think if my writing comes from somewhere, it’s there: those years I spent at school, where my inner life became so clearly defined and separated from what was around me. I talked to myself an awful lot, in my head. So when I started actually writing things, proper things, it was very fully formed – my voice, or my style – because it had been keeping me company for eight years.” (from here)