Good Reading : December January 2009
cover story the road to Dot 10 goodreading i DECEMBER 2008 / JANUARY 2009 ANDREW NICOLL had grave fears about his debut novel, but they were dispelled when he finally found a publisher and – shortly after that – international success. He talks to SARAH MINNS. W elcome to Dot. It is a small, fictional town somewhere among the northern Baltic States at the mouth of the River Ampersand. It shares a genial but very serious rivalry with neighbouring town Umlaut. The patron saint of Dot is St Walpurnia, a bearded virgin martyr ‘whose heart- wrung pleas to Heaven for the gift of ugliness as a bolster to her chastity were answered with a miraculous generosity’ in the form of facial hair. She appears on the town coat-of-arms, thus she is in the perfect position to impartially, omnisciently narrate a little love story set in this little town.