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'There's a real taboo': Emma Gannon's debut novel Olive explores the decision to be childfree

Journalist Emma Gannon’s debut novel explores one woman’s decision to remain childless. Having already documented her own personal stance on motherhood, she tells Tanya Sweeney it’s time that we all talked more openly about the subject

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Journalist Emma Gannon

Journalist Emma Gannon

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Journalist Emma Gannon

Ask any female novelist about the most annoying question they get asked in interviews, and many will admit that they're often asked about how much of the character is written from real life. It's a question that author Emma Gannon is having to field a lot right now.

"It definitely does annoy me a little bit," she laughs. "Other female authors have prepared me in advance about how I'll get asked this, although it's up to me how much I want to reveal."

As it stands, Gannon has much in common with the protagonist of her lively and readable debut novel, Olive. In it, the British podcaster/journalist mulls over a pertinent question: what does a life without children look like for a modern woman in her thirties?