The Little Red Writing Book

Published : Friday, October 19, 2007 | Label: Works In Progress  

In July 2008, Cambridge University Press is publishing, under a different title, a slightly revised version of The Little Red Writing Book in the Unites States and the United Kingdom. I’m working on those revisions now.

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Two Small Books

Published : Thursday, October 18, 2007 | Label: Works In Progress  

There are two small books I’ll get to when I can. The first is a book about leadership, and what literature has to teach men and women who want to practise it. For some years, I used to teach a university program in leadership and organisational culture. I speak and train in this field still, and that work has sent me back to some ideas I used to trade in, and some texts I used to plunder for the purpose.…

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A Book About The Consolations of Literature

Published : Thursday, October 18, 2007 | Label: Works In Progress  

My next work of prose (after the green book) is a book about the consolations of literature. A sort of cross between Anne Fadiman’s Ex Libris and Alain de Botton’s The Consolations of Philosophy, my book, Reading Slowly at the End of Time is, in my mind, a tongue-in-cheek self help book for living the right life and doing the right things in an age when we may be running out of time to work that out. My argument will…

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Poems

Published : Thursday, October 18, 2007 | Label: Works In Progress  

I have almost enough good poems together now to make a book. That would be my first volume of poetry, and I’d like to see it published in the next year or so.

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The Little Green Grammar Book

Published : Thursday, October 18, 2007 | Label: Works In Progress  

The Little Green Grammar Book does for grammar what The Little Red Writing Book does for style. The book, shorter than it’s red progenitor, and simpler, is due at the press at the end of January 2008. If I meet that deadline—and it’s going to be touch and go—the book should be out in October 2008 (UNSW Press).

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Works in Progress

I seem to need to work on many things at once. I’m sure it’s a mistake. But I heard another writer say once that the virtue of the vice is that if one or your books is boring you or going badly, you can pick up another and see if it goes any better. It’s also inevitable that a working writer has projects at different stages of

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