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Because I Don't Know What You Mean and What You Don't

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With fiction, even though it starts in fact, you might add to it, just to make it this thing, to enjoy the story and its richness. All of them are fiction but contain something that comes from my life, be it: how I felt about someone; what someone did to me; a person I know; err, an ex-boyfriend I wish to seek permanent revenge on,” she laughs. I loved the little glimpses and vignettes into different worlds and different lives, but if anything the common theme seemed to be a huge underlying anxiety. She is Miranda-July-good, and I hope fans of Nicola Barker, Sheila Heti, Kelly Link, Nicole Flattery and David Sedaris will love this.

This all-you-can-eat approach to life meant that she’s taken on some fearsomely impressive challenges.

She broke out at the age of 17, winning the 1999 BBC New Comedy Award with a surreal tall tale about a bloodbath over chicken giblets in Bromley’s Waitrose.

It's heavy, and it's raw, but it's also a beautifully written reminder that everyone has their own shit to deal with, whether they choose to share it or not. I got to the end the first story thinking what have I missed and what was that all about and this continued through the book. It sort of coincided with my ADHD diagnosis because I got there and yet I still couldn’t get anything fucking done.The last story, in particular, felt very personal as the narrator reflects on bringing children into the world as it is today. The Raymond Carver-like title of the collection gives us a sense of the key problem that many of these characters face, one of communication. But over sixteen stories I wanted her to break away from the minimalist Carver style, and hoped for more variety of tone.

She won the Best Newcomer award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been nominated three times for Best Show.What connects Dawn French, Joanna Lumley, AL Kennedy, Frankie Boyle, James Acaster and Monica Heisey? After a break to study English at Oxford University, she had her Edinburgh fringe debut in 2006 with Kindness and Exuberance, a show that Chortle described as “utterly amateurish…this is a good thing”, disarming audiences with homemade badges, handwritten programmes, shambolic ukelele songs, and jokes about her supervillain persona Deceptive Shrimp.

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