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On Writing
On Writing
by Stephen King
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, 28 Feb 2011
This review is from: On Writing (Paperback)
Stephen King is not an author I am familiar with, in fact his genre of fiction does not appeal to me in the slightest. However, this book was recommended to me as I am attempting to write fiction and I must say, it has been quite helpful. His racy, matey style is a bit irritating (I am English, dammit!!!) but his down-to-earth no nonsense practicality is really useful. I found some of his pronouncements and directions very didactic and overly assertive making him appear inflexible and somewhat scornful of any method of expression other than his own. If one ignores the dogmatism, there is plenty of sound advice that can be cherry-picked from this book. His lively sense of humour is apparent and attractive. I still have a quarter of the book left to read, and am looking forward to hearing what more he has to say about the art. He's obviously a brave man who has suffered greatly since his accident. I wish him a full and speedy recovery.

Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different - and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men
Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different - and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men
by Steve Biddulph
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Raising Boys, 13 April 2009
I bought this for my stepdaughter who has two sons aaged 5 and 2. I chose it on the strength of the excellent reviews and had it sent direct to her. She was delighted as she used to have a copy which she lent to a friend who did not return it. I have not seen it nor read it (obviously!) but I trust her judgement and she tells me it is excellent

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