On Writing

On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft

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Find out what books and films influenced the young writer, his first idea for a story and the true life tale that inspired Carrie. For the first time, here's an intimate autobiographical portrait of his home life, his family and his traumatic recent accident. Citing examples of his work and those of his contemporaries, King gives an excellent masterclass on writing - how to use the tools of the trade from building characters to pace and plotting as well as practical advice on presentation. And King tells readers how he got to be a No. 1 bestseller for a quarter of a century with fascinating descriptions of his own process, the origins and development of, e.g. Carrie and Misery.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 26mm | 240g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0340820462
  • 9780340820469
  • 22,805

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'Absolutely fascinating' -- Sunday Times 'Not since Dickens has a writer had so many readers by the throat...King's imagination is vast. He knows how to engage the deepest sympathies of his readers...a bizarre and absorbing story, told brilliantly by one of the great storytellers of our time' -- Guardian 'The childhood memoir is a triumphant display of wit, story-telling and guts. His advice to writers is hard-nosed, practical and level-headed in the classic journalistic Orwell-Hemingway tradition' -- Evening Standard 'Energetic, vivid and observant' -- Daily Telegraph 'This is the written equivalent of Delia Smith's How To Cook. And, like British home cooking, the world of popular fiction will be better off for it' -- The Times
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About Stephen King

Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than thirty books of which the most recent are THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON, HEARTS IN ATLANTIS and DREAMCATCHER. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine.
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