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Christopher Fowler
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I wrote this a decade ago: ' The English sense of humour really takes a lot of explaining. It's a mixture of coarseness, camp, surreality, amateurishness, cruelty, subtlety, wordplay and dark dry wit. We don't do puns — they're loved by the French. We do like the strangeness of language (why else would we find the words 'Nesta Bough' so funny, and how could we begin to explain the dark undertones…
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Christopher Fowler
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There are certain literary traits I don't much care for; over-earnestness, sentiment, nostalgia and manufactured 'edge' being among the worst - TV crime dramas seem to believe that everything should be grim and shouty - Tony Hancock once said 'You can get away with anything if you keep a straight face' - but I've never minded the British (and American) fondness for the properly whimsical. This…
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