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Write Away: One Novelist's Approach To Fiction and the Writing Life

By Elizabeth George
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Elizabeth George
Elizabeth George is one of the most successful writers of crime fiction in the world. Her twelve novels have appeared on bestseller lists in the UK, USA and Australia, and several of them have been dramatised by BBC Television as the Inspector Lynley Mysteries. She has also written a collection of short stories and edited a crime anthology.Now she shares this wealth of experience with would-be novelists, and with crime fiction fans. Drawing extensively on her own work, and that of other bestselling writers including Stephen King, Harper Lee, Dennis Lehane and many others, she illustrates her points about plotting, characterisation and technique with great clarity. She also includes extracts from her own Journals - the diaries she keeps as she writes each of her novels - and these give us an unprecedented insight into the creative mind, with all its highs and lows.
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Wyse Words: a Dictionary for the Bewildered

By Pascal Wyse, Joe Berger
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Pascal Wyse
Illustrated by:
Joe Berger
Pascal Wyse's Wyse Words have been a regular feature of the Guardian Weekend magazine since 2006. Wyse Words is a collection of words that should exist, but don't, helping us define an increasingly bewildering world. Wonderfully funny, yet touchingly human, this is a book that encapsulates a spirit of the times.Suckwit:What you become if you attempt not to sound out of breath during a conversation with someone you fancy, having bumped into them at the gym. Combined with the inevitable holding-in of the stomach, the overall effect is so unpleasant, you would be more cool if you just stood there and wet yourself.Novada: Brief, exciting state of mind during which it seems as if you understand the workings of the US presidential election. You rush to find a water cooler at which to practise sounding casual about New Hampshire, Super Tuesday and article 2 of the US constitution, but suddenly it's gone. What is 'federal' again?Chronanism: Watching a movie you already have the DVD of, just because it is on the telly; Googling ex-lovers; contemplating a cheese diary; starting a charity bag; experimenting with screensavers ... The special collection of vague activities that gets you from 11pm (when you were totally ready for bed) to 1.30am.
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  • Work Smarter With Speed Reading: Teach Yourself

    By Tina Konstant
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    Tina Konstant
    Is this the right book for me?Speed reading is about reading (and being able to recall) more written information in less time. Work Smarter with Speed Reading is a practical guide to effective speed reading. It includes tools and information on a variety of reading and memory techniques, including a five-step strategy that will enable you to read any non-fiction material easily. It, allows you to start using and practising the techniques as you read, offers a selection of techniques so you can choose the ones that suit you best, teaches you how to read effectively under pressure, and helps you to concentrate in noisy and distracting environments.Work Smarter with Speed Reading: Teach Yourself includes:Chapter 1: The five-step reading systemChapter 2: Speed readingChapter 3: It's all in the words - developing your vocabularyChapter 4: ConcentrationChapter 5: MemoryChapter 6: A book is a book is a bookChapter 7: Your eyes and effective readingChapter 8: Distractions and solutionsChapter 9: Real-world readingChapter 10: Working and studying for a livingChapter 11: Useful information and speed practice testChapter 12: What next?Teach Yourself methods:Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of speed reading and time-saving techniques.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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  • Write Poetry and Get it Published

    By Matthew Sweeney, John Hartley Williams
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    Matthew Sweeney, John Hartley Williams
    A comprehensive guide to writing poetryWrite Poetry - and Get it Published is a user-friendly and comprehensive guide written by two well-published poets that will prove indispensible if you're seeking creative guidance, inspiration and practical advice. Covering everything from mood, style and tone to poetry on the internet, this fully updated edition will help you find your voice. Containing straightforward advice and the very latest on prizes, festivals and performance poetry, this book will enable an aspiring or seasoned poet alike to gain the confidence and necessary knowledge to write and publish compelling poetry.Write Poetry and Get it Published includes:Chapter 1: What does it take to be a poet?Chapter 2: Bump-starting the poemChapter 3: A challenge to the reader: groundwork exercisesChapter 4: Getting started: working arrangementsChapter 5: I gotta use words when I talk to youChapter 6: Letters, alphabets and listsChapter 7: VisualizingChapter 8: Drafting and revisionChapter 9: Using modelsChapter 10: The co-operative approachChapter 11: Subject matterChapter 12: Context, mood and toneChapter 13: Writing in different modesChapter 14: StyleChapter 15: Getting the rhymes to chose youChapter 16: It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swingChapter 17: TranslationChapter 18: Writing for childrenChapter 19: Getting publishedChapter 20: ipoems and cyber verseChapter 21: Reading aloudChapter 22: Poetry prizes and festivalsChapter 23: ars poeticaABOUT THE SERIESThe Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.
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    Who Wants to be a Football Millionaire

    Where was the first World Cup held? A Argentina B France C Uruguay D The Netherlands Here's the ultimate challenge for all football fans and armchair contestants. If you think you could compete with the contestants who sit in the famous Who Wants to be a Millionaire? hot-seat, then this is the quiz book for you. Packed with 1,000 brain teasing questions about UK, European and international football, created by the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? question masters, this is the ultimate quiz book for any football fan. This World Cup, find out if you really know your football by playing Who Wants to be a Football Millionaire?
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    Write Fantastic Non-fiction - and Get it Published

    By Claire Gillman
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    Claire Gillman
    LEARN HOW TO WRITE NON-FICTION THAT STANDS OUT, WHATEVER THE SUBJECT.Write Fantastic Non-fiction and Get it Published is designed specifically for you, if you want to turn your idea into a book. If you're wondering where to start, this book clearly explains how to select a subject, hone your research skills, explore different genres and styles and edit your work. It does more than simply review the different genres, however - it will, crucially, help you to master the skill of assessing your own work objectively - essential for any would-be writer. With your confidence strengthened through practical tips, insights and exercises, it will also give you the crucial insider information on and how to approach a publisher or find an agent. Written by an author with a track record of helping new writers secure agents and publishing deals, it will take you from 'would-be writer' to 'writer' quickly and painlessly.ABOUT THE SERIESThe Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.
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    Write Persuasive Copy: Flash

    By Jonathan Gabay
    Authors:
    Jonathan Gabay
    The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Write Persuasive Copy helps you to write compelling copy, to show off your communication skills and fulfil your creative potential.
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    Writer's Guide to Good Style

    By Katherine Lapworth
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    Katherine Lapworth
    LEARN HOW TO LIFT YOUR CREATIVE WRITING BY EMPLOYING A GOOD WRITING STYLE.Do you want to write more effectively, correctly and in a manner which is appropriate for this brave new world of text speak and blogging?Whether you are a professional writer, or writing for your profession, a journalist, non-fiction writer, or simply a would-be blogger, you will find essential guidance and the latest style rules in this book.It contains firstly a detailed breakdown of both the rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling and, secondly, a guide to making your work readable, structured and well-paced. Unlike any other style guide, it also sets out the new and evolving rules for 21st century writing such as blogging, chatrooms, and even PowerPoint presentations.ABOUT THE SERIESThe Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.
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    Willkommen Support Book 2ED revised [not sold separately]

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    Willkommen! German Beginner's Course 2ED Revised

    Whether you are learning for general interest, for your job, holiday or examination purposes, Willkommen! will provide you with the opportunities you need to speak, read, write and understand German with confidence, and enjoy it too!The Audio and Support Book Pack contains:* two audio CDs recorded by native speakers, comprising the listening element of the course* a Support Book providing answers to all the exercises in the coursebook together with recording transcriptsWhether you are learning for general interest, for your job, holiday or examination purposes, Willkommen! will provide you with the opportunities you need to speak, read, write and understand German with confidence, and enjoy it too!
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    Willkommen! German Beginner's Course 2ED Revised

    By Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke
    Authors:
    Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke
    Whether you are using the Willkommen! course in class or working through it on your own, this work book is for you. In 12 units, divided into three sections covering the general topics of First Contacts, Shopping and Going Out, Life in Germany, it provides: * further practice on particular areas of difficulty * varied activities to help you progress further with vocabulary, grammar, reading and writing * additional, more demanding material for fast learners * extended practice tasks which can be done in class or outside the classroom. There is also a Key to the Exercises making the book suitable for self-checking.
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    Willkommen! German Beginner's Course 2ED Revised

    By Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke
    Authors:
    Paul Coggle, Heiner Schenke
    Willkommen! is the best-selling German course for adult beginners. Whether you are learning for general interest, for your job, holiday, or for an exam, Willkommen! will provide you with the opportunities you need to speak, read, write and understand German with confidence, and enjoy it too! The features that set this course apart are: * Wide choice of learning material * All activities based on real situations * Different types of writing practice, including letters, CVs and emails * Reading activities based on real menus, advertisements, brochures * Deutschland info giving practical and cultural insights into German life * Listening material including interviews, radio and TV clips* Course constantly updated to keep it fresh and relevant Willkommen! provides about 120 hours of study and covers levels A1 and A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference. Used with the recordings and supplemented by Willkommen! Activity Book, the course is ideal for group-learning and will also be useful for revision and self-study.
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    Willkommen! German Beginner's Course 2ED Revised

    Willkommen! is the best-selling German course for adult beginners. Whether you are learning for general interest, for your job, holiday, or for an exam, Willkommen! will provide you with the opportunities you need to speak, read, write and understand German with confidence, and enjoy it too!The features that set this course apart are:* Wide choice of learning material * All activities based on real situations * Different types of writing practice, including letters, CVs and emails * Reading activities based on real menus, advertisements, brochures * Deutschland info giving practical and cultural insights into German life * Listening material including interviews, radio and TV clipsWillkommen! provides about 120 hours of study and covers levels A1 and A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference. Used with the recordings and supplemented by Willkommen! Activity Book, the course is suitable for both group-learning and for self-study.The Complete CD Pack contains a full-colour coursebook, two audio CDs and a Support Book with answer key and recording transcripts.
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    Writing for Love

    By Chrissie Manby
    Authors:
    Chrissie Manby
    Practical, inspiring, and filled with her trademark wit and charm, Chrissie Manby describes the writing process - from where she gets her ideas to a practical guide to planning the structure of a novel. A must-read for chick-lit fans and aspiring authors. EXCLUSIVE: contains chapters 1-4 of Chrissie's novel WHAT I DID ON MY HOLIDAYS.
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    Write Great Dialogue

    By Irving Weinman
    Authors:
    Irving Weinman
    LEARN HOW TO WRITE CONVINCING AND COMPELLING DIALOGUE.Commissioning editors say good dialogue is one of the first things that make a book stand out from the crowd - and similarly, that clunky direct speech is one of the first things that will send a book straight from the slushpile to the rejections bin.But while many other aspects of writing are pored over in intense detail, there have been very few books on the art of writing successful dialogue. In this practical guide for aspiring writers of all levels, Irving Weinman, himself a published writer and well-known creative writing tutor, uses case studies to help you explore how to write good dialogue, and gives you a range of fun and challenging exercises that will help you to write great dialogue.ABOUT THE SERIESThe Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.
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    Write a Bestselling Thriller

    By Matthew Branton
    Authors:
    Matthew Branton
    LEARN HOW TO WRITE A BESTSELLING BOOK THAT STANDS OUT - AND GET IT PUBLISHED.Write a Bestselling Thriller is a step by step guide to putting together an unputdownable narrative. It takes you on a journey through each component of the thriller, breaking the process down into key factors such as the Hero, the Trigger, the Story, Scenes and Style, showing you how to write a thriller from start to finish. The whole of the second part is devoted to the publishing process, while the book features hundreds of pratical exercises. There are diagnostic tests, case studies, practical exercises and Aide Memoire boxes. Each chapter concludes with a reminder of the key points of the chapter (Focus Points) and a round-up of what to expect in the next (Next Step) will whet your appetite for what's coming and how it relates to what you've just read.ABOUT THE SERIESThe Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.
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    The Wisdom of the Shire

    By Noble Smith
    Authors:
    Noble Smith
    Coinciding with the release of the first of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, his follow-up to the huge Lord of the Rings success, The Wisdom of the Shire is a practical and fun guide - for Tolkien fans everywhere - showing us how to apply the wisdom of The Hobbit to our everyday lives. Hobbits are those small but brave little people, whose courage, integrity and loyalty allow them to triumph against odds that might appear overwhelming to the rest of us. Noble Smith has long believed there is much we can learn from Frodo's determination, Bilbo's sense of homeliness, Sam's fierce allegiance, and Merry and Pippin's love of food and fun. Like The Tao of Pooh, The Wisdom of the Shire is the first book to show Tolkien fans just how much there is to learn from those small but brave little people - the Hobbits. Packed with amusing insights and fascinating trivia, this fun and insightful guide is all you need to complete your quest in life, and cast your cares into the fires of Mordor. Visit Noble Smith's blog for more on Hobbits, The Lord of the Rings and all things Tolkien at www.shirewisdom.com.
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    Writing for the Web: Teach Yourself

    By Robert Ashton, Jessica Juby
    Authors:
    Robert Ashton, Jessica Juby
    Like it or not, the internet has become integral to every aspect of our lives, with smart phones, tablet computers and wifi enabling us to communicate easily and instantly.Whether you're a rising star in the corporate world or a silver surfer, to make an impactonline you have to be able to write clearly, convincingly and in a way that emphasisesyour character too. Best-selling business author Robert Ashton and internet native JessJuby will help you communicate more objectively and effectively online, both at work andat home.
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    Welsh Grammar You Really Need to Know: Teach Yourself

    By Christine Jones
    Authors:
    Christine Jones
    Comprehensive and clear explanations of key grammar patterns and structures are reinforced and contextualized through authentic materials. You will not only learn how to construct grammar correctly, but when and where to use it so you sound natural and appropriate. Welsh Grammar You Really Need to Know will help you gain the intuition you need to become a confident communicator in your new language.
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    Word Play

    By Gyles Brandreth
    Authors:
    Gyles Brandreth
    'No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.' Only words can do that. Words are magic. Words are fun.Join Gyles Brandreth - wit and word-meister, Just A Minute regular, One Show reporter, denizen of Countdown's Dictionary Corner, founder of the National Scrabble Championships, patron of The Queen's English Society, QI, Room 101, Have I Got News For You and Pointless survivor - on an uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words and wordplay.Puns, palindromes, pangrams, Malaprops, euphemisms, mnemonics, acronyms, anagrams, alphabeticals, Tweets, verbiage, verbarrhea - if you can name it, you should find it here, along with the longest, shortest, wittiest, wildest, oldest, latest, oddest, most interesting and most memorable words in the English language - the richest, most remarkable language ever known.
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