MARINA SARAH WARNER, CBE, FBA FRSL is a British novelist, short-story writer, historian, and mythographer. She is known for her many non-fiction books relating to feminism and myth. Her most recent book, Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights, won a National Book Critics Circle award. She is currently a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.
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Children play in the street near me in London, chalking the outline of a ladder to heaven, hopping, skipping, and jumping, each player going out when they tread on a line.