What writers really do when they write: George Saunders (from The Guardian)

A wonderful piece by George Saunders on writing. Saunders is a short story writer, and his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, has just been published. He writes about how the idea for the book came to him, and what it takes to move from an idea to a finely honed piece of writing. "A …

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Dark Fire: C.J. Sansom

When I mentioned to a friend that I enjoyed Susanna Gregory’s medieval whodunits, she lent me the entire series of novels set during the time of Henry VIII with a hunchback lawyer, Matthew Shardlake, as the main character. Having just finished the first one (although strictly speaking, Dark Fire is the second in the series), …

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New York Times on Truth and Lies in Fiction–Lie to Me: Fiction in the Post-Truth Era

Adam Kirsch New York Times, 17 January 2017 Adam Kirsch on the problematic relationship between truth and lies in writing. "Reality is the ingredient that turns a bad fiction into an enthralling one. "This dynamic is part of the novel’s origins. The earliest English novels, from 'Moll Flanders' (1722) to 'Clarissa' (1748), were published anonymously, …

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