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Slitherwatch 3

March 27, 2014

In Susie Steiner’s novel about everyday farming folk, Home Coming, I encounter the following sentence on page 72 (with reference to a carrot cake): ‘She cuts a slither and turns her back to the cafe room, tumbling crumbs into her upturned mouth.’

No! She cuts a sliver!

Home Coming is a well-written literary novel whose author is clearly sensitive to words – but this sort of mistake breaks the spell, like a pianist hitting a bum note in a concerto. Surely the editors at Faber and Faber should have picked this one up? Or am I the only person who cares?

PS My review of Home Coming will be in the Independent on Sunday on 6th April.

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