Books for Writers (and Readers too)
I’m often asked what I would recommend, so this is the beginning of a possibly infinite list. Never too obvious to add the old advice: read, read, read. Thanks to all who made suggestions here. If you have a favourite book I’ve missed out, do please let me know and I’ll add it to the list.
Becoming a Better Writer
The Writing Life: authors speak British Library audio
Either on a local or regional level (e.g New Writing North) these are extremely helpful with advice, support and company! Find out what’s available in your area,
Read William Goldman on screenwriting, Diana Athill on editing (and her life)
Read fairy stories, and above all, and once again, read read read.
Life in Publishing Because some days it feels like this
Books About Books
Ex Libris: confessions of a common reader & At Large and at Small: confessions of a literary hedonist Anne Fadiman
Outside of a Dog: a bibliomemoir Rick Gekoski
The Reading Promise: 3218 nights of reading with my father Alice Ozma
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: a memoir, a history Lewis Buzbee
The Child That Books Built Francis Spufford
So Many Books So Little Time: a year of passionate reading Sara Nelson