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Christopher Fowler
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My agent and I agreed the other day that publishers are not listening to teen readers who turn to the largely free and vast resource of online fiction. After all, how do you begin to get a handle on it? Noël Coward, judgemental arch-snob, bullied his performers about preserving the clarity of language. He is well and truly buried now, his bon mots choked off by an avalanche of new writers for who…
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Christopher Fowler
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Like many other prolific 20th century writers, Noel Coward - if not entirely forgotten - has now been abbreviated to a handful of clichés; dressing gown, cigarette holder, clipped speech, epigrams. In the same way that Agatha Christie is defined by the drearily rote 'Murder on the Orient Express' rather than the far better 'Endless Night', Coward's most famous piece is probably 'Blithe Spirit'…
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