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Burley Cross Postbox Theft

(2010)
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From the award-winning author of 'Darkmans' comes a comic epistolary novel of startling originality and wit. Reading other people's letters is always a guilty pleasure. But for two West Yorkshire policemen -- contemplating a cache of 27 undelivered missives, retrieved from a back alley behind the hairdresser's in Skipton -- it's also a job of work. The quaint moorside village of Burley Cross has been plunged into turmoil by the theft of the contents of its postbox, and when PC Roger Topping takes over the case, which his higher-ranking schoolmate Sergeant Laurence Everill has so far failed to crack, his expectations of success are not high. Yet Topping's investigation into the curtain-twitching lives of Jeremy Baverstock, Baxter Thorndyke, the Jonty Weiss-Quinns, Mrs Tirza Parry (widow), and a splendid array of other weird and wonderful characters, will not only uncover the dark underbelly of his scenic beat, but also the fundamental strengths of his own character. The denizens of Burley Cross inhabit a world where everyone's secrets are worn on their sleeves, pettiness becomes epic, little is writ large. From complaints about dog shit to passive-aggressive fanmail, from biblical amateur dramatics to an Auction of Promises that goes staggeringly, horribly wrong, Nicola Barker's epistolary novel is a work of immense comic range. It is also unlike anything she has written before. Brazenly mischievous and irresistibly readable, Burley Cross Postbox Theft is a Cranford for today, albeit with a decent dose of Tamiflu, some dodgy sex-therapy and a whiff of cheap-smelling vodka.

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Hardback Editions

April 2010 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Burley Cross Postbox Theft
Author(s): Nicola Barker
ISBN: 0-00-735500-9 / 978-0-00-735500-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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Paperback Editions

April 2011 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Burley Cross Postbox Theft
Author(s): Nicola Barker
ISBN: 0-00-735628-5 / 978-0-00-735628-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

May 2010 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Burley Cross Post Box Theft
Author(s): Nicola Barker
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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May 2010 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Burley Cross Post Box Theft
Author(s): Nicola Barker
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2010 : UK Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: Burley Cross Postbox Theft CD
Author(s): Nicola Barker
ISBN: 0-00-735150-X / 978-0-00-735150-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

October 2012 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Burley Cross Postbox Theft: A Novel
Author(s): Nicola Barker
Publisher: Open Road Media
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April 2010 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Burley Cross Postbox Theft
Author(s): Nicola Barker
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   


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