This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Xmas Legs Small Present Present
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Italy version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Writing Magazine > September 2016 > Grumpy Old Bookman

Grumpy Old Bookman

Academia is all very well, but it overlooks the real stories, says Michael Allen

Every summer my local church has a book sale, and this year I bought A Reader’s Guide to the Contemporary English Novel. It was first published in 1963, and the author, Frederick R Karl, was an American professor of English literature.

It so happens that my own first novel was published in 1963, so this was certainly the sort of book I might have read then. In those days, finding any kind of useful information about the technique of writing, let alone the structure and workings of the book trade, was a hard task. That being the case, many a young writer might well have grabbed this tome with both hands, and taken it all very seriously.

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Writing Magazine - September 2016
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - September 2016
Or 549 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 3,67 per issue
Or 4399 points
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only € 4,00 per issue
Or 2399 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only € 4,49 per issue
Or 449 points

View Issues

About Writing Magazine

Star interview with Crime Novel of the Year winner and griplit star Clare Mackintosh 1 topic, 100 books: Make the most of your speciality Before you write a word: Start your writing life the right way 10 top tips: How the pros keep writing Author experiences: • Going back to school for a creative writing MA • "How I wrote three books at once" • Readers share their success stories WIN £119,000 in writing prizes News you can use! 20 packed pages of Writers' News

Other Articles in this Issue