The Yips

Reviewing The Burley Cross Postbox Theft(LRB9 September 2010) James Lever wrote: ‘Nicola Barker is Dickensian not so much because she is a maverick recorder or caricaturist of oddballs and grotesques, but because her sensibility is starkly oppositional: there are the bad guys (the middle classes) and the good (the marginal but richin- life). She cares a lot.’

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