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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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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