Why a female friendship was my first true love

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I did fall in love with my new best friend, Michelle, at 14, which was all-consuming. We would give each other cards and poems and go on “dates”. We had no idea what a lesbian was and I wonder if we would have given it a crack if we had known. I suspect not; we modelled ourselves on the relationship, which was never consummated, between Sebastian Flyte and Charles Ryder in the BBC’s adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. (Now that I think of it, I often resorted to male role models as the female ones just weren’t there.) We were living our lives like a 1945 novel that examined family and Catholicism while other girls were getting fingered.

Judith Lucy went to an
all-girls school and then majored in theatre arts at university, which…



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