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Armed with a flask of coffee, Dahl would head for the hut at around 10.30am and write until lunchtime and a gin and tonic at midday. After a break for reading he would clock in again around 4pm for a couple more hours, though never for too long, as he maintained that a writer couldn't work 'particularly long hours because he can't - he becomes inefficient' Photograph: Harpercollins

Gallery: Roald Dahl

Lucy Dahl remembers that her father's writing hut was "a sacred place." Even on the days he wasn't feeling inspired to write, he'd go out th.

Eugenio Montale -   Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, and recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Eugenio Montale - Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, and recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature.

https://flic.kr/p/PK9XXd | Vladimir Mayakovsky | Владимир Маяковский, 1924 Photo: Alexander Rodchenko Фото: Александр Родченко

https://flic.kr/p/PK9XXd | Vladimir Mayakovsky | Владимир Маяковский, 1924 Photo: Alexander Rodchenko Фото: Александр Родченко

"It doesn't much matter where I sit to write." - Ann Petry (1908 – 1997), an American author who became the first black woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street.  Photographed by Jill Krementz

"It doesn't much matter where I sit to write." - Ann Petry – an American author who became the first black woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street. Photographed by Jill Krementz

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А. Башлачев

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