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‘When my world fell apart my friends became my family’

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The death of her partner at the age of 25 was a devastating loss for Ella Risbridger. But she was never alone. For one thing, her mates would never have allowed that… I have written a lot of things in my life, but this year it has become clear to me that I only have one story to tell. That thing is often in disguise – maybe it’s a political article, maybe it’s a cookbook, maybe it’s a collection of poetry – but I’m writing the same thing, over and over again. It’s this: it’s nice to have a friend. We just don’t have the vocab because we don’t really believe that friendship matters It must be said that we were a pretty close-knit friendship group before my partner had cancer I see tiny signs that we might be moving collectively away from that 1950s 'couples' cultural burden of The One
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