Nicola Barker's latest novel is Burley Cross Postox Theft (2010), a comic epistolary novel.
From her Q & A with the Observer:
You're a great mimic as a writer and the new book involves you taking on the voices of a whole village. How do you manage that?Read the complete Q & A.
I'm partially deaf, so when I meet people or watch people I have to concentrate very hard on the rhythm of their speech. If I don't, nothing makes any sense. My skills at mimicry probably aren't particularly to my credit – I'm just like a short-sighted person who has an excellent sense of smell. Evolution can be generous like that, sometimes.
Your new book, Burley Cross Postbox Theft, is an epistolary novel - are you a great letter writer yourself?
I can honestly say that I am a terrible letter writer. Dull as ditchwater. Can't spell for toffee. But I'm great at decorating envelopes. I've made an art form out of it. If you get a letter from me, it'll be a beautiful piece of crap, basically.
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