Laurence King Publishing has commissioned novelist Ross Raisin to write Read This If You Want To Be A Great Writer, the sixth title in its Read This… series.
"The book demystifies the writing process, empowering readers to write their own novel or short story", said the publisher. "Raisin explains expert technique in a clear and jargon-free way, with examples from 25 masters of prose."
Raisin's first novel, God's Own Country (Penguin), was published in 2008 and was shortlisted for nine literary awards, including the Guardian First Book Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. In 2009 Raisin was named the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. In 2013 he was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British writers. His third novel, A Natural (Jonathan Cape), has recently been published to great acclaim. Raisin is also a lecturer, teaching creative writing at Goldsmiths University and as part of the UEA-Guardian Masterclasses programme.
The first title in the Read This… series, Read This If you Want to Take Great Photographs by series editor, Henry Carroll, has sold over 480,000 copies worldwide in 16 languages since 2014, with follow-ups Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People and Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of Places also performing well, said the publisher. More recently Laurence King Publishing diversified the series to include Read This if You Want to be Instagram Famous and Read This If You Want to be Great at Drawing by Selwyn Leamy.
Raisin said: “There are, of course, a number of creative writing books on the market. The precision and aesthetic of the Read This series style, though, should make this one not only stand out, but also - allied to the feature of textual analysis within the book - properly useful.”
Read This If You Want to be a Great Writer will be published in April.
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