The Arvon Book of Life Writing

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A&C Black, Apr 1, 2010 - Reference - 288 pages
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Fascinating, wide-ranging, hugely knowledgeable - an indispensable guide and a beguiling education William Boyd
Packed with insights and advice - just the inspiration to start writing! Jenny Uglow

Everyone has a story. This book shows how the best writers tell them, and offers advice on how to tell them yourself. Biographers Sally Cline and Carole Angier teach life writing - an area of creative writing that is exploding in popularity - at the world-famous Arvon Foundation. They have distilled the essence of their popular course on memoir, autobiography and biography into this wide-ranging book. The Arvon Book of Life Writing offers three fascinating ways into the genre. First, reflections on their trade by the authors, exploring its special challenges: truth, memory, ethics, evidence and interpretation. Second, personal tips and tales from 32 top British and American life writers - autobiographers and memoirists, literary, sports and celebrity biographers; plus a critic, an agent, a literary editor, two novelists, and a ghost writer.
Third, a practical guide, complete with exercises, designed for use in creative writing courses or by individual writers at home.

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Foreword by Michael Holroyd
Life Writing
by Sally Cline

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Carole Angier is the biographer of Jean Rhys (shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize and winner of a Writers' Guild Non-Fiction Award) and Primo Levi. She is a regular critic for The Independent, The Spectator and The Literary Review, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and teaches life writing at Birkbeck College, London University. Sally Cline, award-winning biographer, short story writer and winner of the BBC short story contest, is the author of nine books, including ground-breaking biographies of Radclyffe Hall, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund and a judge and mentor for the Arts Council Escalator scheme. Both work Carole and Sally work as one-to-one mentors with emerging writers.

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