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Telegraph: I Live In West Nowhere -- And I Don't Care Who Knows It.

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'I live in West Nowhere -- and I don't care who knows it':


Every big city in the land has its West Norwood. It is the place where ambition comes to die. Only very recently has it occurred to me that the death of ambition is the beginning of wisdom.

Like most of my closest friends in the neighbourhood, I chose the place because I had a rapidly growing family, and this was the nearest substantial family house to central London that I could afford (only 20 minutes away by train from Victoria and London Bridge).

At the time, I thought that this was just another rung on the housing ladder. I would only be there for a couple of years -- just long enough to get that best-seller written -- and then I'd be off to Islington or to a lovely old rectory in Norfolk. No point in doing much to the house. I'd let my successors look after the home improvements. That was nearly 20 years ago.

Edited by Jeff Ross

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