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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224096974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224096973
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.3 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It’s a pleasure to gain access to the thoughts of someone so unashamedly committed to the importance of stories. Written largely as blogs, these memorable, often very funny snapshots of Kennedy’s life also contain much better advice for would-be writers than more overtly practical guides." (Nick Rennison Sunday Times)

"Observations, both lucid and passionate, on the general state of the book trade and literary culture... Yet it’s the manoeuvres she uses and the structures she creates in order to let art happen in her own life that form the kernel of the book." (Keith Miller Daily Telegraph)

"On Writing is wit, sadness and aphorism for the writer, reader, and human alike." (Richard Elins The List)

"The life-saving blog is the jam in the sandwich of her book, the sweetener before her revealing stand-up comic routine/memoir and more considered essays that give it professional literary substance." (Iain Finlayson The Times)

"A writer’s journal...offers encouragement, advice and words of caution." (Nicholas Clee Observer)

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The Guardian-based blogs that form a master-class in writing from the Costa Prize-winning A.L. Kennedy.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann Macnaughtan on 1 Aug. 2014
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Sheer brilliance. Read it on the Kindle and then bought the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paula brackston on 11 Aug. 2013
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I love this book. ALK hits so many nails on the head she'll need a little lie down by now. Full of wit and insight. I wish her many more happy years of typing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C BERRIDGE on 29 Jan. 2014
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Totally absorbing journey through the weekly blogs of a gifted and inspirational teacher and writer. Awesome. A masterclass in style.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Royce Lindsey-noble, Mrs Lindsey-noble on 21 May 2014
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It confirmed all my prejudices, spurred me on to more writing and made me laugh out loud many times! What a brilliant author!
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan Duncan on 31 July 2013
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As above - the sheer banality of some of these pieces was disappointing, but then epic self absorption may be required to be a good writer.
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