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What book can you buy someone who wants to write a book!

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DeMaz Tue 29-Apr-14 13:33:37

My cousin is a fantastic writer. She's got blogs left, right and centre and is also in the middle of writing her own book!

She's read A LOT of books and I'm struggling to buy her one that's not romance or science fiction! Something that's gripping and very thought provoking. A book that's inspirational, possibly?
The last book she read was A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry which she highly recommends.

Any ideas anyone?


Thewhingingdefective Tue 29-Apr-14 17:01:06

How about some nice moleskin notebooks, pens and decent coffee or tea smile

TheWordFactory Tue 29-Apr-14 18:20:16

Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose is excellent, as is Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith.

They're books of essays on writing and books and life in general - excellent for writers and far more thoughtful than the usual creative writing manuals.

CoteDAzur Tue 29-Apr-14 21:25:58

On Writing - Stephen King

Cote beat me to it!

DeMaz Wed 30-Apr-14 21:17:58

This is brilliant. Thanks very much. Off to google them now.

RuinedAndNotorious Wed 30-Apr-14 21:27:19

Have a look at Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (think that's her name), it's about the process of writing. I haven't read it myself but I've heard good things.

SilkStalkings Thu 01-May-14 12:48:52

The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes - will give her a taste of life as an author!

DeMaz Fri 02-May-14 11:54:26

Thanks so much for your recommendations. Now it's deciding which one to get her.

scrittrice Wed 07-May-14 10:40:27

Wrede on Writing by Patricia C. Wrede just came out in December and she is quite good!

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