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Ella Minnow Pea

by Mark Dunn

A monument to celebrate the pangram The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog has been erected on the island where its creator, Nevin Nollop, was born. As time passes the letters, displayed on ceramic tiles, begin to tumble and the Island Council, to the dismay of the residents, sees this as a message from the grave and excludes the letters from all daily use.

A very clever and funny, modern fable. Don't be put off by the quirky language - it's well worth the perseverance.

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NollopvilleMonday, 24th JulyDear Cousin Ella,New era! Posh-and-pooh! This latest development hasn't inaugurated a new era. It's only shoved us far deeper into the dungeon of Island Medievalism. We shall be wearing burlap and flour sack tomorrow, and lucubrating by candlelight because even light bulbs seem doomed now to join the official list of technological non-essentials. And now this regulation! I am bezide myself!

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Mr Pye by Mervyn Peake
A Fool's Alphabet by Sebastian Faulks
 

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