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The Writing Life: Starting out

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  • Interviewees

    Bainbridge, Beryl, Fanthorpe, U.A., Jacobson, Howard, Mantel, Hilary, Morpurgo, Michael, Rankin, Ian

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    O'Reilly, Sarah

  • Abstract

    In this selection of extracts writers discuss the things that made them want to write and remember their first novels and poems. The choice facing an author is not only what to write, but what form to write in. What makes someone want to write and how does a writing career begin? Which decisions lie in wait and what opportunities are there to be exploited? Speakers (in order of appearance): Ian Rankin, Beryl Bainbridge, Michael Morpurgo, Hilary Mantel, Howard Jacobson, U.A. Fanthorpe.

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    This is a compilation of short extracts from life story oral history interview recorded by National Life Stories for the Authors' Lives project. They were published on a CD 'The Writing Life' and the individual tracks have been grouped together into themed clusters.

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