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Burley Cross Postbox Theft - Nicola Barker

Burley Cross Postbox Theft - Nicola Barker

Title: Burley Cross Postbox Theft

Author:  Nicola Barker

ISBN:  9780007355006

Weight:  933g

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Burley Cross Postbox Theft by Nicola Barker

Reading other people’s letters is always a guilty pleasure.  But for two West Yorkshire policemen – contemplating a cache of 26 undelivered missives, retrieved from a back alley behind the hairdresser’s in Skipton – it’s also a job of work.  The quaint moorside village of Burley Cross has been plunged into turmoil by the theft of the contents of its postbox, and when PC Roger Topping takes over the case, which his higher-ranking schoolmate Sergeant Laurence Everill has so far failed to crack, his expectations of success are not high.

Yet Topping’s investigation into the curtain-twitching lives of Jeremy Baverstock, Baxter Thorndyke, the Jonty Weiss-Quinns, Mrs Tirza Parry (widow), and a splendid array of other weird and wonderful characters, will not only uncover the dark underbelly of his scenic beat, but also the fundamental strengths of his own character.

The denizens of Burley Cross inhabit a world where everyone’s secrets are worn on their sleeves, pettiness becomes epic, and little is writ large.  From complaints about dog shit to passive-aggressive fan mail, from biblical amateur dramatics to an Auction of Promises that goes staggeringly, horribly wrong, Nicola Barker’s novel is a work of immense comic range.  It is also unlike anything she has written before.  Brazenly mischievous and irresistibly readable, Burley Cross Postbox Theft is a Cranford for today, albeit with a decent dose of Tamiflu, some dodgy sex therapy and a whiff of cheap-smelling vodka.

From the award-winning author of Darkmans comes a comic epistolary novel
of startling originality and wit.

Peer & Press Reviews

The cacophony of voices is the perfect showcase for Barker’s linguistic games.  From love-letters to suicide notes, her language vaults, somersaults and cartwheels across the page… it might just win her a new legion of fans tempted by this funny, heartbreaking book.

Sunday Telegraph

Intensely pleasurable.  Barker’s sheer energy is irresistible while the intelligence that drives this small comic universe is both spikily awkward and sweetly benign.


This is the work of a writer in love with language and the ways people employ it to express themselves… nothing short of dazzling.


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Attribute Details
Title: Burley Cross Postbox Theft
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Very fine / Very fine
Signed: On the title page
Dated: 5/6/2010
Book Stats
Publisher: HarperCollins
Imprint: Fourth Estate
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780007355006
ISBN 10: 0007355009
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 361
Size (h x w x d): 242 x 163 x 38mm
Design Credits
Jacket image: Shutterstock

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