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Letter to a Young Writer


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From the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning, Booker Prize-longlisted author of Let the Great World Spin and Transatlantic comes a passionate and practical book of advice, as essential for budding writers as Stephen King’s On Writing

About the Author

Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. His most recent novel, TransAtlantic, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013, and his previous novel, Let the Great World Spin, won the National Book Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was a New York Times bestseller. His most recent short story collection, Thirteen Ways of Looking, includes the story ‘What Time is it Now, Where You Are?’ which was shortlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. His work has been published in forty languages and has received many international honours, including a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, election to the Irish arts academy and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China and an Oscar nomination. He is the co-founder of the non-profit global story exchange organisation, Narrative 4, and he teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College. He lives in New York. colummccann.com


A warm, open-hearted paean to the joys of writing
*Sunday Times*

Excellent ... This slim volume cannot fail as a pick-me-up

Practical writing advice meets a heartfelt love song to creativity
*Irish Times*

An intensely literary writer ... His prose thrums with echoes of Beckett, Yeats and Joyce
*Sunday Times*

A writer of power and subtlety
*New York Times*

A very gifted, charming writer

McCann’s writing is elegant and ironic
*The Times*

A supremely talented writer
*Sunday Times*

Practical writing advice meets heartfelt love song to creativity
*Irish Times 'Books to Look Out for in 2017*

There is beauty to the language and precision, grace notes that return to mind time and again to transport you. McCann’s books feel universal. Now the 52-year-old Dublin-born New York-naturalised bestseller … is letting some of his secrets out … A guide to putting words on the page and a celebration of language, a call to look out, not in
*Big Issue in Scotland*

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