Author Archives: Niall Hunt

Plot and structure – a review and why it’s important

I wrote a book. Apparently it is quite good – now anyway. But I went about it without really knowing what to do, without any real understanding of what makes a book work. Imagine understanding how a car works in principle, but not knowing how the parts worked together. Well the same was true of writing. I could understand what ...

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Angry porcupines and a new brand of recovery

Last week’s new books focused on thrillers with new releases from John Le Carré and David Lagercrantz. This week, there is a good array of non-fiction on show in hardbacks. First up is Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions, by Sir David Attenborough. Adventures charts the early life of Attenborough as he embarks on the opportunity of ...

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Five tips on approaching agents

I’ve been approaching lots of literary agents (50+) recently, trying to get support on my existing novel Deep & Meaningless, as well as my next project, Time Bomb (a working title). Here are a few things I’ve learned. There is no new advice here, but it is good to know that the answers are out there. 1. Research Make sure ...

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Authors to debate the impact of design as a force for social change

Authors will debate Design as a Force of Social Change at a “unique” event hosted by Bloomsbury Publishing as part of London Design Week 2017. Called Design as a Force of Social Change, the discussion will discuss “design’s potential to change the world for good (or evil), and the responsibility of designers – both professional and amateur – to use ...

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Penguin bags brace in Man Booker Prize 2017 shortlist

Penguin boasts two authors in the shortlist for the Man Booker Price 2017 shortlist. Ali Smith’s Autumn and Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West have both been shortlisted and join Emily Fridlund’s A History of Wolves, Fiona Mozley’s Elmet, Paul Auster’s 4321 and George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo. Ali Smith has been shortlisted for the Man Booker three times and bagged the Baileys prize for How to Be Both. In his ...

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Six of the best books on writing

Everybody needs help, regardless of what they say. Even with a degree and career in journalism, it wasn’t easy. My experience of trying to put together a complex and long narrative was improved by guides, adages, tips and books. While everyone and his dog seems to offer a guide to how to write a book, here is a list of ...

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George Smiley is back in this week’s book previews

It’s set to be a big autumn for book lovers, with big releases from the likes of Robert Harris, Ken Follett, and Martina Cole. This week’s line-up, though, is by no means insignificant. First up is John le Carré’s A Legacy of Spies. In what is sure to be a cracking read, le Carré’s latest marries past and present to ...

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Welcome to That Book Site

Whoops, you’ve caught us with our trousers down. Or only round our ankles. We’ve certainly chosen which trousers to wear at any rate. This website, once it is fully functioning will be the place for you to come if you are an aspiring writer and want tips on writing and how to get published. It will also be a place for ...

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