In 1957 John Braine was a Yorkshire librarian with an impressive collection of publishers' rejection slips. But then his first published novel was an instant best seller and ROOM AT THE TOP launched him on a career as one of Britain's most successful novelists. Experiences like his are what keep Britain's 500,000 spare-time writers plugging away, hoping for publication and perhaps even a moment of fame.
Few people understand as well as John Braine the torments of the hopeful unknown. For everyone who, as he did, faces spare-time writing and the indifference of publishers, he wrote this book. It is not a treatise on the art of fiction. Braine calls it 'a tour of his workshop' - a practical manual which tells the aspiring writer everything about writing a publishable first novel. With a wealth of quotations and advice, know-how and technique, this is a book which really works - and which can be applied successfully by anyone with the basic urge to write.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 25/04/1974
- Category: Writing & editing guides
- ISBN: 9780413315403