Top authors discuss the writing experience.
Offering inspiring insights alongside practical advice, this two CD set gathers together some of the UK's leading contemporary authors to share their experiences of the highs and lows of the writing life.
Selected from interviews gathered by the National Life Stories' Authors' Lives project and archived at the British Library, it features previously unheard recordings of poets, novelists, children's writers, historians and biographers speaking candidly about all aspects of the writing process. Why do writers write? What influences their work? Where do they find inspiration?
This is essential listening for aspiring writers and anyone interested in contemporary authorship.
Paul Bailey, Beryl Bainbridge, Simon Brett, Wendy Cope, Maureen Duffy, UA Fanthorpe, Anne Fine, Allen Fisher, Michael Frayn, John Fuller, Victoria Glendinning, Linda Grant, Philip Hensher, Michael Holroyd, Howard Jacobson, PD James, Penelope Lively, Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, Michael Morpurgo, Peter Porter, Ian Rankin, Hilary Spurling, Anthony Thwaite and Philip Ziegler.
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‘a cleverly constructed collection of insights into the writing process taken from the interviews with contemporary authors that the library is systematically putting on record.’
Christina Hardyment, The Times
‘Authors reveal the secrets of their craft’.
"An Absolute must for anyone interested in the art of writing"
Elizabeth Bentley (WOM) Word of Mouth