Being a Writer: Advice, Musings, Essays and Experiences from the World's Greatest Authors

Author(s): Travis Elborough; Helen Gordon


The joys and challenges of being a writer are explored in this inspiring assemblage of wit, wisdom and hard-won practical advice from some of the world's greatest authors musing on the art of writing and how they came to define themselves as writers. From Samuel Johnson in eighteenth-century London to Lorrie Moore in twenty-first-century Wisconsin, the contributors range from the canon to contemporary, covering more than 250 years, and come from all over the world. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this stunning anthology explores and illuminates the pleasures and pitfalls of the compulsion to write, with advice about the whole messy business of writing literature and what it takes to be a writer. The perfect gift for aspiring writers, curious readers, and anyone interested in what the world's greatest authors have to say about the art of writing.


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TRAVIS ELBOROUGH is an author. His books include Atlas of Improbable Places, The Bus We Loved: London's Affair with the Routemaster, Wish You Were Here: England on Sea and A London Year. He regularly appears on Radio 4 and writes for the Guardian and has lectured on creative and critical writing at The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, Lumb Bank and The Royal College of Art. HELEN GORDON is the co-author of Being A Writer (Frances Lincoln) and author of Landfall, a novel published by Penguin. Her journalism has appeared in Intelligent Life and the Guardian. She is former associate editor of Granta magazine and teaches creative writing at the University of Hertfordshire. JOEY GUIDONE is an Italian illustrator who currently lives and works at the foothills of the Alps. He studied illustration at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin and Mimaster in Milan. He was selected by the Society of Illustrators as part of showcase Illustrators 57, and also included in the winner's list of Creative Quarterly Journal's CQ42 and CQ43. Since 2015 he has been represented by Californian agency Salzman International. He is commissioned by both European and US clients and his work has featured in magazines, books and commercial projects.

General Fields

  • : 9780711238206
  • : Quarto Publishing Group UK
  • : Frances Lincoln
  • : 0.648637
  • : September 2017
  • : 195mm X 155mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Travis Elborough; Helen Gordon
  • : Hardback
  • : Joey Guidone
  • : English
  • : 808.02
  • : 240
  • : illustrations