Notes on Identity
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Notes on Identity

Wonky pigtails and mismatched shoes: on growing up without a mother

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“Nina doesn’t brush her teeth — at all. Should we speak to someone, or…I don’t know…maybe make a note?”

The person speaking in a hushed, horrified tone was my play school teacher, to her spiky-haired assistant (this was Essex in the Eighties).

She had just asked her class of six year-olds to put our hands up if we brushed…

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Nina Jervis

Nina Jervis

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