what voice do you hear in your head as you read this? Is it your own, or are you ascribing a voice to us, the writers? Perhaps you are reading in a different way altogether, skimming for general sense or scanning for particular words. We are absent from your experience. We have little control over how you read this text. One of us is male, the other female. We both have regional accents, one from Lancashire, one from London. We both come from working/lower middle class backgrounds and were state educated. Does knowing this alter the way you are reading? Does it change the sense of it? What is certain is that if we were telling you all this face to face it would.