How Well-Intentioned Loved Ones Can Sabotage Your Writing Career

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Learn Tips And Tricks For Improving Your Creative Writing For Only $20

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A utumn came about because in summer 2014 I handed in a novel called How to Be Both way past my deadline. I apologised for the lateness. Simon Prosser, my publisher, reassured me: though I’d missed my

The 100 best books of the 21st century

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Scholars think they’ve found Milton’s annotated copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio

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When writing an obituary, tap into how will they be genuinely remembered by those who loved them. I’m the writer in my family, which means that I am offered a great deal of unpaid work from my

Ann Patchett: ‘We’re almost embarrassed by grief. It’s so strange’

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