WINNER OF THE SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARDSelected as a Book of the Year 2016 in The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times, Spectator and ObserverAngela Carter's life was as unconventional as anything in her fiction.
To begin to write - to attempt to do anything creative, for that matter - is to ask many other questions, not only about the craft itself, but of oneself, and of life. accounts of his collaborations in film and television, and above all, exploration of how the life of the mind expresses itself in creative endeavours.
Although she is eminent primarily as the prize-winning author of classic works of fiction, Eudora Welty is notable also as an astute literary critic. This collection of her book reviews manifests the connecting of her penetrating eye with her responsive intellect in forming sympathetic judgments of the books she reviewed.
Presents a collection of interviews with contemporary British novelists that offers an insight into the authors' views on contemporary fiction; their influences and themes; readers and critics; and, why they write and their writing process. This title provides a snapshot of the reality of living as a writer.
What is your favourite author's favourite metaphor? This book will offer you the answers. Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve explores what the numbers can reveal about literature's classics, number one bestsellers and our own writing.
In this absorbing volume, David Lodge turns his incisive critical skills onto his own profession, salutes the great writers who have influenced his work, wonders about the motives of biographers, ponders the merits of creative writing courses, pulls the rug from under certain theoretical critics and throws open the curtains on his own workshop.
Four judges - novelists A.S. Byatt and Salman Rushdie, bookseller John Mitchinson and "Granta" editor Bill Buford - set out to identify the most talented writers of the new generation. This is a collection of their fiction.
A collection of interviews with leading writers such as Julian Barnes, Jonathan Coe, Kazuo Ishiguro, Hanif Kureishi, Arundhati Roy and Will Self. Through these interviews the book explores and introduces a range of key themes in contemporary literature, raising questions about genre, history, postmodernism, celebrity culture and form.
Writing a novel can be a slow, painful and lonely process. Many writers never manage to achieve their goal. This book helps you to rediscover the joy of your craft and rekindle your creative fire. It offers you support, guidance and encouragement as well as insight into the craft of writing.
For the third time, Granta has selected 20 writers under 40 whose writing represents the best promise or achievement in British fiction. The collection includes stories by Sarah Waters, Rachel Cusk, Robert McLiam Wilson, Rachel Seiffert, Philip Hensher, A. L. Kennedy and Toby Litt.
'From Chinua Achebe to Marina Warner' brings together new interviews and interviews with major international writers previously featured in the pages of Wasafiri magazine, founded in 1984 and now celebrating its 20th anniversary.
A funny memoir of John Carey, best known for his provocative stance on the arts and the academic establishment. It shows his journey from an ordinary background to Oxford's oldest literary professorship.
A collection of six essays, translated from the French, in which Cixous explores how the problematics of the sexes - viewed as a paradigm for all difference, the organizing principle behind identity and meaning - manifest and write themselves in texts.
Most publishers keep a "slushpile" - the stack of unsolicited manuscripts which contains a large percentage of preposterous or frightening book proposals, which might just conceal that one jewel of a bestseller or classic novel lying near the bottom. This book takes a tour through the 'do's and 'don't's of book proposal.
Brings together another rich, varied crop of literary voices, comprising: Graham Greene, James Thurber, William Faulkner, Robert Lowell, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Eudora Welty, John Gardner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Philip Larkin, James Baldwin, William Gaddis, Harold Bloom, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, Peter Carey and Stephen King.
Lunule. Moon rise over the reservoir - a hush of wind on the embankment, fingertip indentations in the grass, each with a darker lunule. She asks: What are you doing? I reply: Thinking about my life.' - Will Self, 'Key Stroke
In Their Own Words is a celebration of the variousness of contemporary poets living and writing in the UK today. 50-60 poets talk about their own poetic voices and their work. Essential reading for anybody who cares about poetry.
In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of the masters to discover why their work has endured.
Shows you that retirement can, in fact, be the most rich, fulfilling and creative time of our lives. This book includes simple tools and exercises such as: Memoir writing - an opportunity to reflect on and honour past experiences; Morning Pages - a tool to empty your mind; and, Artist Dates - fun days out to discover new passions and interests.
A brilliant resource for established and beginning writers and for passionate readers everywhere from a range of acclaimed and much-loved writers, lovingly compiled by the brilliant and insightful Charlotte Wood.
Discover the man behind the moustache in this book of one-liners by the world's most famous Belgian detective, revealing the wit and wisdom of Hercule Poirot and his creator, Agatha Christie. A perfect stocking-filler for every Christie fan, to help celebrate her 125th birthday.
This invaluable collection of essays by published novelists focuses on the journey of writing a first novel. Writers generously offer their insight and advice on the joys and challenges that new authors of fiction will inevitably encounter along the way. A literary agent and a publisher add their own professional perspectives.
When the author travelled to Manchester in 1966, he packed in his bags certain literary favourites which would remain central to him throughout the rest of his life and during his years in England. In this book, he reflects on six of the figures who shaped him as a person and as a writer, from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Jan Peter Tripp.