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Commentary: 'Be ruthless about protecting writing days.' 14 January 2019

'Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have "essential" and "long overdue" meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it.

Whats new: 31 December 2018 - What's new 31 December 2018
  • 'Writers remember everything... especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels.

Opening a book for the very first time still fills me with the same excitement and anticipation that it did as a child. Books enable children to discover new worlds, meet new people and learn about the past, but they also have the power to transform lives.

Public Domain Day was yesterday, but you were probably hungover, so here's how to download the tens of thousands of books that became legal to download for free in 2019.

A persistent question for those of us who write young adult literature is, What are we not allowed to do or say when writing for teenagers?

In 1959, Graham Greene and his brother, the journalist Hugh Greene, published an anthology of spy literature titled The Spy's Bedside Book, an amalgam of fiction, reporting, and memoir that helped define the genre for decades to come.

The UK print market has grown in value for a fourth year running, with 2018 showing a marginal volume increase too. Last year, 190.8 million books were sold for £1.63bn through Nielsen BookScan's TCM, a 2.14% increase in value and a 0.33% lift in volume against 2017. Average selling price also...

Link: When song lyrics become literature 31 December 2018

What happens to a song lyric when it lands on the page? It becomes oddly silent but also not silent. Ghosts of its usual rhythms lie at the beginnings and ends of its lines. The blank space around it seems weirdly disconcerting, like white noise.

The rise of online has helped revive the second-hand book market, but what impact has it had on traditional, second-hand book shops?

This year, we were obliged to say goodbye to far too many literary luminaries, as well as a few pretty complicated figures. From the man who made the Strand into 18 miles of books to the woman who made speculative fiction what it is today to Philip Roth, who needs no descriptor.

The increasing popularity of audiobooks has raised recorded narration to the level of a new art form, according to the man whose 133-hour version of an epic autobiographical novel has sealed his status as one of its foremost practitioners.

Commentary: 'Writers remember everything' 31 December 2018

'Writers remember everything...especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability...

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