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On Editing

Helen Corner-Bryant, Kathryn Price
Helen Corner-Bryant, Kathryn Price

"Highly recommended: On Editing is indispensable reading for anyone who is or wants to be a writer. Every desk should have a copy!"- Dr Samantha J. Rayner, Director of the Centre for Publishing, UCL"On Editing is a feast with many courses. When you have finished this book, you will feel encouraged, empowered, and indomitable. If you are writing-or editing-a novel, you could do no better than to have this book by your side. Comprehensive, easily digestible, it is a classic in the making." - Shaye Areheart, Director of the Columbia Publishing CourseWriting a novel is a magical but often difficult journey; and when your first draft is complete, that journey's not over. As the editing process gets underway, authors often find themselves in unfamiliar territory. What does it mean to 'map your plot'? How do you know if you're 'head-hopping'? When is your novel ready to send out to agents, and how do you make each submission count? Written by the team behind one of the world's most successful literary consultancies, On Editing will show you how to master the self-edit. You will learn to compose, draft, and edit while sharpening your writing and ensuring that your novel is structurally sound, authentic, well-written, and ready for submission.On Editing will help you harness your creative potential, transform the way you think about your writing, and revolutionise your editorial process."It's easy for writers to be overwhelmed by the technicalities of writing, editing and getting published, but Helen Corner-Bryant and Kathryn Price share their decades of experience nurturing writers in On Editing. They know all the problems and how to fix them - including many you might not even think of - and explain it all in a clean, jargon-free, way that demystifies the whole process, with infectious enthusiasm that will have you ready, eager and bursting with the confidence to take your writing to the next level." - Writing Magazine

Hodder & Stoughton

The Gallery of Vanished Husbands

Natasha Solomons
Natasha Solomons

Worthless Men

Andrew Cowan
Andrew Cowan

It's market day in an English city two years into the Great War. The farmers are coming in from the country, the cattle are being driven through the streets and that evening a trainload of wounded soldiers is due to arrive. At the local mansion, its new hospital tents to the ready, waits Montague Beckwith, himself a psychological casualty of the war. In the town's poorest quarter, Winnie Barley prays that Walter, her missing son, will be on the train (but that her violent husband is not). In the pharmacy, Gertie Dobson dreams of romance while her father keeps unsuitable men at bay. And everywhere is Walter, a ghostly presence who watches as the girl he loved from a distance is drawn into Montague's orbit. Weaving together multiple viewpoints, Andrew Cowan creates a panoramic, extraordinarily vivid portrait of a place as individual as it is archetypal. Here is a community where the war permeates high and low; where the factory now produces barbed wire, the women are doing the men's jobs, and the young men are no longer so eager to answer the King's call. And here is the tragic story of a casual betrayal, and a boy who proved that those at the bottom of the heap - the worthless ones - could be the most valiant of them all.



Press Release

John Murray Learning Launches Just Write

John Murray Learning Launches New Creative Writing Community

John Murray Learning (an imprint of John Murray Press) has launched a creative writing community: Just Write.


John Murray Acquires The Best Year Yet

Members of the Hodder team on David Mitchell's brilliant novel

The Week of a Thousand Autumns

Over the course of a week, various members of the Hodder team write about their experience with David Mitchell's THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET.

By Rebecca Mascull


Author Rebecca Mascull on her fascination with deaf-blindness, and the people who opened her eyes to a whole new world and inspired her book THE VISITORS.

By Hodder's Creative Director, Auriol Bishop

January 2011 titles to read by the fire

Creative Director Auriol Bishop takes you through her top picks for January 2011.

Reading Group Guide

BAG OF BONES by Stephen King

Reading group guide for BAG OF BONES by Stephen King.

Chapter One

COME SUNDAY, by Isla Morley

Read the first chapter of Isla Morley's COME SUNDAY.

Reading Group Guide

HANDLE WITH CARE by Jodi Picoult

Reading group guide to use alongside Jodi Picoult's HANDLE WITH CARE.

photograph copyright Kalpesh Lathigra

Florence Knight signs with Saltyard Books

Saltyard Books is delighted to announce the acquisition of ONE, the first cookbook by Florence Knight, rising star and 26-year-old head chef at Polpetto restaurant in London’s Soho.

Reading Group Guide


Reading group guide for Andrew Miller's ONE MORNING LIKE A BIRD.

Editor Kate Parkin on the glamorous, adventurous world of Mary Stewart.

Mary Stewart

Have you read Mary Stewart's modern classics? Click below to read more . . .

Two Roads acquire new debut novel by award-winning Director of Creative Writing at Harvard

Lisa Highton of Two Roads has acquired REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS, the much-anticipated debut novel from Director of Creative Writing at Harvard, Bret Anthony Johnston. A compelling exploration of human morality, the novel is set on the Texan Gulf over one long, hot summer, where abducted teenager Justin Campbell’s reappearance after four years missing feels like a miracle to his family, but also lays bare the effects of his trauma, as the book builds to a spectacular denouement. Two Roads Publisher Lisa Highton says: ‘Oh the joy when a book like this comes along. Finding a writer as talented and a storyteller this assured is a gift, and one of the many pleasures of being both a publisher and a reader.’ Bret Anthony Johnston says: ‘I am exceedingly thrilled that REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS has found its home with Two Roads. I could not dream up a better publisher for the novel, a novel that is in many ways about the life of a place, its stories and voices.’ Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, which was described by David Mitchell as ‘a gorgeous accomplished debut’ and named a Best Book of the Year by the Independent and the Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work appears in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honour from the National Book Foundation. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where is the Director of Creative Writing. Highton acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Joelle Dieu at Random House US where it will be published by Kendra Harpster next year. Already praised by Alice Sebold, Tom Perotta and more, REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS will be published by Two Roads in July 2014. ‘In this deeply nuanced portrait of an American family, Bret Anthony Johnston fearlessly explores the truth behind a mythic happy ending. In REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS, Johnston presents an incisive dismantling of an all too comforting fallacy: that in being found we are no longer lost.’ Alice Sebold, author of the Lovely Bones ‘You could say that this book is ripped from the headlines, but that wouldn't be fair. Bret Anthony Johnston's riveting novel picks up where the tabloids leave off, and takes us places even the best journalism can't go. REMEMBER ME LIKE THIS is a wise, moving, and troubling novel about family and identity, and a clear-eyed inventory of loss and redemption.’ Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Leftovers ‘This mesmerizing story of loss and redemption on Texas's Gulf Coast will take you in and hold you and not let go until it's done with you, leaving you wiping at your eyes with the kind of soul-gratitude that comes only after experiencing true art.’ Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog For all publicity enquiries please contact Rosie Gailer 020 7873 6452


In conversation with Brad Meltzer

Bestselling author Brad Meltzer discusses THE BOOK OF LIES.

Delia and Waitrose join forces to help the nation learn to cook online

In an exciting new move, Waitrose will again be working alongside Delia Smith. The grocer will bring Delia's online cookery school, which Delia launched earlier this year on her own website, to Waitrose TV for the first time. The Delia Online Cookery School with Waitrose will offer an encyclopaedic library of lessons and techniques videos, completely free of charge for all users. Launching on Waitrose TV* from 5th September, the content will build over the course of two years and will sit on a new ‘Cookery School' tab on Waitrose TV as well as on Delia's tutorials will be the hero of the channel, with her section of the site offering 40 close-up lessons and the same number of technique videos. It will be accompanied with content from Waitrose chefs and other food experts to create an extensive food hub, teaching everything from cookery basics to advanced techniques - and also supported by more than 150 Delia recipes on Waitrose Marketing Director Rupert Thomas: "We have a long and successful history of working with Delia and we’re thrilled to be joining forces again on the Delia Online Cookery School with Waitrose, which we believe will be the definitive online tool for cookery tuition. Inspiration and expertise are absolutely key to what we offer, and because of this our online content is now an integral part of our customer communications. "This wealth of new content from Delia will complement the wide range of expertise already on Waitrose TV from contributors including Heston Blumenthal, Alan Titchmarsh and Phillip Schofield and will continue to build our online presence as the destination for foodies or anyone looking to develop their skills." Delia said: "My ambition and my dream is that anyone who wants to learn to cook, can. So I have created an online cookery school to take somebody by the hand and lead them through it step by step. If you are from nine to 109 you will be able to learn anything from boiling an egg to baking a cake - I don't think you can learn in a better way. "I personally contacted secondary schools across the country to ask about the basics of home cooking. 90% of pupils said that they would like to be able to learn how to cook." The comprehensive library will also enable Waitrose to link to tutorials from across the Waitrose website and social media channels - for example a quick skill lesson within a recipe on As well as Waitrose TV, content will also be available on the Waitrose YouTube channel, Pinterest and through the retailer’s Facebook page.