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The Moth : This Is a True Story - Catherine Burns

The Moth

This Is a True Story

By: Catherine Burns, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)


Published: 1st May 2014
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Pull up an easy chair and settle into the most spell-binding collection of real stories you will ever read.

Before television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories. The storytellers knew their craft and bewitched listeners would sit and listen long into the night as moths flitted around overhead. The Moth is a non-profit group that is trying to recapture this lost art, helping storytellers - old hands and novices alike ? hone their stories before playing to packed crowds at sold-out live events.

The very best of these stories are collected here: whether it's Bill Clinton's hell-raising press secretary or a leading geneticist with a family secret; a doctor whisked away by nuns to a Mother Teresa's bedside or a film director saving her father's Chinatown store from money-grabbing developers; the Sultan of Brunei's concubine or a friend of Hemingway's who accidentally talks himself into a role as a substitute bullfighter, these eccentric, pitch-perfect - and all, amazingly, true - stories range from the poignant to the downright hilarious.

About the Author

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase.

Brilliant and quietly addictive ... crammed with personality ... full of colour and life Guardian One of the hottest events in town ... enthralling, funny and moving The Times New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket Wall Street Journal The stories not only maintain their oral integrity but take on new dimensions, allowing you to ponder a turn of events or swirl the language around in your head without missing the next part of the story New York Times

ISBN: 9781846689895
ISBN-10: 1846689899
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st May 2014
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.48