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Three years ago, then 70-year-old first-time fiction writer and renowned US conservationist Delia Owens was the subject of breathless US news inserts about her late success as an author after her debut novel Where the Crawdads Sing became an international best-seller and publishing phenomenon.

It may have been the first time she was the subject of media attention — and the gushing praise of Reese Witherspoon who championed the novel through her hugely popular book club — but it wasn’t the first time that news cameras had trekked off to a remote location to interview Owens.  ..

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