Do you know how many things can happen in 10 minutes? One of my favourite contemporary writers, Elif Shafak, would have you know that this is how long it takes for a teakettle of water to boil, and that you could also fit an entire life, several even, into such a small window of time. She shares this in her new book 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World. But writers have the privilege of letting their imagination run free, even when telling true stories. In real life, a lot of different events, mostly brief ones, happen in 10 minutes. Important things usually take longer.