So the evenings are drawing in? Jeanette Winterson couldn’t be more delighted. Darkness is the time to think, to dream, to love

It’s human to want light and warmth. Our pagan ancestors had a calendar of fire festivals, and God’s first recorded words, according to the Hebrew Bible, were: “Let there be light.” Night belongs to the dark side, literally and metaphorically: ghosts, scary monsters, robbers, the unknown. Electricity’s triumph over the night keeps us safer as well as busier.

But whatever extends the day loses us the dark.

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