Catherine Burns

Born in Manchester, Catherine Burns is a graduate of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She worked as a bond trader in London before studying at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography and teaching film theory at the University of Salford. The Visitors is her debut novel. It has recieved wide critical acclaim.

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In my next life I’m coming back as a man. I will have sex with my wife and come inside her until she gets pregnant and then I will stand up or sit down next to her in the hospital while she figures out how to get it out of her. I will play with
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my children when I’m in the mood and stop when I don’t want to play with them anymore and I won’t get all psycho about it. I will throw them up in the air super high and get them wound up right before they’re supposed to go to sleep and then I will let my wife, their mother, put them to bed. I will have the best body I’ve had in years because having children means that I get up so early in the morning I end up going to the gym on a regular basis for the first time in years. I won’t worry about it if they don’t eat or sleep or move their bowels for days or weeks on end. “Would you stop worrying,” I will tell their mother, my wife. “What do you get yourself so worked up for?” And then I will go out. I will enjoy life more than I did before I had children because fatherhood has shown me dimensions of my heart I could never have imagined, and everyone I know will agree, it’s made me a much better man. At night I will sleep like a baby because I am a man. I know it is my wife, their mother, my daughters will hate in fourteen years. Not me.
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Things I am not good at: change, letting go, people leaving me, not taking things personally. So what business do I have having a baby? A baby who grows into a child. Who grows into an adult person who doesn’t like you anymore. None. That’s what kind of business. I’m doomed. Who am I kidding? I’m not generous enough to love someone just so they can leave me. So they can come home and steal my sweaters, expect me to store stuff for them indefinitely, tell me that the way I do virtually everything is wrong or at best annoying, break my heart with a memoir detailing my personality and its flaws.

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