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28 November 2017


‘No, I haven’t actually read it, but –’  begins: ‘I’ve seen the reviews, it’s one of a set, I thought I would when I have my operation, I’m not a great reader I’m afraid, you see the author’s a friend of my mother’s, I saw the film, everyone tells me it’s frightfully good’ and thus continues for twenty lines more, concluding with what this oh-so annoying woman says to the poor man peacefully reading. (Interestingly, the book is rather large so is probably non-fiction rather than ‘only a novel’.)

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