The writer’s 2008 memoir broke a silence that lasted decades. Now, on the eve of her 90th birthday, the bestselling novelist discusses her final book, As Green as Grass, a second part to her life story that recounts Britain between the wars and raising a family on her ownFive years ago, the author Emma Smith decided she wasn’t going to write any more. At the age of 85, she had just published The Great Western Beach, her memoir of a Cornish childhood between the wars. The book, Smith’s seventh, won rave reviews (Diana Athill said she had “rarely come across a more gripping childhood memoir”) and Smith felt she could retire from writing with her head held high.She was getting too old, she decided, to keep on bashing away at her typewriter. She had enjoyed success in the 1940s with two bestselling novels and, later, with a clutch of children’s books. She had a busy family life with two children and three beloved grandchildren. There was nothing more she wanted to write.Smith smiles naughtily when I remind her of this. “Yes, I know,” she sighs, eyes gleaming like a child who has just sneaked biscuits from a jar. “But then, …read more

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