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Under the microscope

Author and lecturer James McCreet puts a reader’s first 300 words through a forensic micro-critique


Call Me: Cuckoo

‘Nina, there’s a man in a white car parked outside my house.’1

‘So…?’ I try to sound nonchalant in the hope of restoring calm at the other end of the phone.2

‘Yesterday it was a green car.’3

‘Mum, you live in a cul-de-sac behind Woodford Green station.4 Lots of people, driving all sorts of cars park in your street. The car is on the road, not your front lawn, right?’5


‘In a legal parking spot?’7


‘Then why are you flapping?9 You’re in a nice neighbourhood where people are good people.’10

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