Amanda Smyth tells the Irish Times what inspired novel Fortune

Amanda Smyth's novel Fortune has been included on the Walter Scott Prize shortlist. She wrote for the Irish Times about the inspiration and influences behind the book.

With Fortune, I knew only this: I wanted to write about an explosion. I began by researching personal stories connected to the 7/7 London bombings. Back then, I worked at the Barbican, travelled by tube every day from Maida Vale. My route took me via Baker Street, calling at Edgware Road at the exact time the attacks occurred. I was lucky. On July 7th, 2005, I was away visiting my family in Trinidad. I watched the BBC news in horror.

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