1 Why true stories matter
2 What makes a true story?
3 Learning from the journalistic method
4 Learning from the novelist's sensibility
5 The Janet Malcolm dilemma: developing trust with principal sources and keeping editorial independence
6 The value of thinking about what is fact and what is fiction before writing
7 The narrator's voice: more than a question of writerly choice
8 Description: finding the balance between vivid intimacy and unnecessary hurtfulness
9 What if you weren't there? The difficulties of reconstructing scenes and dialogue
10 Interior monologues: are they 'one more doorbell to push', or the province of fiction?
11 What do readers expect of narrative non-fiction?
12 Building a relationship of informed trust with readers
A checklist for writers of narrative non-fiction
Explores the key challenges in writing narrative non-fiction, and shows how some of the best in the business do it - an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to tell true stories well.
Matthew Ricketson is the author of the bestselling guide Writing Feature Stories and of a biography of children's author Paul Jennings, and editor of The Best Australian Profiles.