I hope there is something here for any young writer – or any older writer, for that matter – who happens to be looking for a teacher to come along, a teacher who, in the end, can really teach nothing at all but fire.
From the critically acclaimed Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin, comes a paean to the power of language, and a direct address to the artistic, professional and philosophical concerns that challenge and sometimes torment an author.
Comprising fifty-two short prose pieces, Letters to a Young Writer ranges from practical matters of authorship, such as finding an agent, the pros and cons of creative writing degrees and handling bad reviews, through to the more joyous and celebratory, as McCann elucidates the pleasures to be found in truthful writing, for: 'the best writing makes us glad that we are – however briefly – alive.'
Emphatic and empathetic, pragmatic and profound, this is an essential companion to any author's journey – and a deeply personal work from one of our greatest literary voices.
About the Author
Colum McCann, originally from Dublin, Ireland, is the author of six novels and two collections of stories. His most recent novel, the New York Times bestseller Let the Great World Spin, won the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and several other major international awards. His fiction has been published in thirty-five languages. He lives in New York.
An intensely literary writer ... His prose thrums with echoes of Beckett, Yeats and Joyce * Sunday Times * A writer of power and subtlety * New York Times * A very gifted, charming writer * Guardian * McCann's writing is elegant and ironic * The Times * A supremely talented writer * Sunday Times * Practical writing advice meets heartfelt love song to creativity * Irish Times 'Books to Look Out for in 2017 * There is beauty to the language and precision, grace notes that return to mind time and again to transport you. McCann's books feel universal. Now the 52-year-old Dublin-born New York-naturalised bestseller ... is letting some of his secrets out ... A guide to putting words on the page and a celebration of language, a call to look out, not in * Big Issue in Scotland *
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 24th May 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 13.3 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1