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The writer's "voice"

We all have different ways of expressing ourselves in our speech and in our writing. In writing, this is sometimes called voice.

Good writers have a unique voice or style of writing.

Here are two very different styles of writing:

a)

I suppose I could tell you all about where I was born, what it was like when Mum was still around, what happened when I was a little kid, all that kind of stuff, but it's not really relevant.

b)

My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.

Question

Can you guess which line is from Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations and which one is from Kevin Brooks's novel Martyn Pig?

Answer

a) was written by Kevin Brooks
b) was written by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens's voice is very different to Kevin Brooks's voice. But Kevin Brooks probably wouldn't write to his bank manager in the same voice that he uses to write his stories.

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