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Under the microscope

Author and lecturer James McCreet puts a reader’s first 300 words under his forensic lens

February 19881

His hopes for a day off school had been raised2 when he’d gone down for breakfast and found his mother listening to Radio Oxford in the kitchen.3 This only ever happened during emergencies such as extreme weather and… well, barring the four-minute warning, it was the only type of emergency situation which seemed likely to occur.4 But without looking up from the squeak and hiss of the iron,5 she told him they’d already read out the school closures and Sir Henry Granger’s wasn’t among them.6

Bollocks!7

‘How you feeling?’ she asked.8

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