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  • Published 20161101
  • ISBN: 9781925355543
  • Extent: 264pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook


Her ceilings are soft with cobwebs. Her garden is choked with weeds. Her fence leans, like buckteeth, out onto the footpath. She is getting old, and noisy. Like me, with my snorts and grunts and farts that catch even me by surprise. Her doors creak, her heating claps itself to life, and her pipes splutter up their rusty sputum.

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