How to Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers

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A Spectator Best Book of the Year

'There are three rules for writing a novel,' Somerset Maugham once said. 'Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.'

So how to bring characters to life, find a voice, kill your darlings, avoid plagiarism (or choose not to), or run that most challenging of literary gauntlets-writing a good sex scene?

Veteran editor and author Richard Cohen takes us on a fascinating excursion into the lives and minds of our greatest writers-from Balzac and Eliot to Woolf and Nabokov, through to Zadie Smith and Stephen King, with a few mischievous detours to Tolstoy along the way. In a glittering tour d'horizon, he lays bare their tricks, motivations, techniques, obsessions and flaws.

Product Details

Price
£9.99  £9.29
Publisher
Oneworld Publications
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Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781786071651

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