Oh Dear Silvia - Dawn French


I like Dawn French. She is a charming, funny and intelligent comedian. Unfortunately, her novel is none of those things. I could list a whole lot of reasons why it was badly written but it was the poor punctuation (as evidenced in the title) that annoyed me most - incorrect commas everywhere and underlining instead of italics, which I've not seen in printed material since about 1996. Ugh. All evidence that if the name's big enough, editors and proofreaders are seen as an unnecessary extra cost. Well, they're not.

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