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Posted on Thursday, November 23rd 2017

The Five Books That Changed My Writing by Simon P. Clark



All writers start out as readers – and all reading then becomes research, in a way.
Every book has something to offer – a word you like, a scene that strikes you, a clunky plot you vow to avoid – while certain books stand out as different, important - even life-changing. ‘Read like a butterfly, write like a bee’ said Philip Pullman – meaning, basically, that we steal the things we love, and that’s how writing works.

Looking back over the last few years – long before Not Yet Dark or Eren were written or even published – certain books have been signposts for me, changing my path, pointing me on a new course. They’ve marked the way to where I am now as a writer, opening my mind and teaching me more than any classroom lesson ever could. They’re my core texts, I guess – the ones that will always mean something special (and from which I will always shamelessly steal. Sorry.)  

Skellig

I don’t remember how I ended up with this book – I think the cover just looked nice, so I bought it – but I can’t imagine being a writer without David Almond’s stunning, toned-down prose. Skellig’s a fairly simple story, but the way Almond writes took me by surprise. The chapters were so short! The words were just laid bare! Could you do that? Were you allowed? I’d never known the rules could be broken so easily. Suddenly a whole world opened up – and, at the back of my mind, a story started to grow …  

The Wind Singer

William Nicholson’s Wind on Fire trilogy was the first series I loved and followed as they came out. I waited for the third book to be published because I had to know what happened – and it felt like the first series that was mine, and not something I’d been told about by a friend. I still like to think it’s an undiscovered gem, though the book’s multiple awards probably mean that’s not true.

Clockwork, or All Wound Up

This book is small – it’s a short story, really – but it’s also a clever way of looking at how stories work and what they mean to people. Do stories work like clockwork, ticking away once you’ve let go? The ending took me by surprise and I loved the feeling of being tricked by the writer’s cleverness. Could I ever do that? One day, maybe.

Frankenstein 
I wasn’t a huge reader as a kid and the idea of reading ‘classics’ was a chore. Then, Frankenstein came along, and I thought it’d be easy since I already knew the story well enough (I did not). The beauty of the writing was one thing, but the way it made you think about things without laying them out too obviously was an eye opener. Stories could say so much! It led me to others books I’d ignored before then – Wuthering Heights, Nineteen Eighty-Four, and on and on and on.

Harry Potter

Of course. I’m a child of the 90s, after all. More than the craziness around the books’ popularity, though, I think the sheer magic, the imagination, the friendships, the world, all showed us what books could do. I remember clearly realising that these books had been written by someone, that you could do that as a job, that people would buy books if they were good enough. Right, I thought. I’ll do that. How hard can it be? Let’s do it.


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Posted on Monday, November 20th 2017

Astor, Ontario. 1904.
A boy staggers out of the forest covered in blood and collapses at the feet of 16-year-old Emmy. While others are suspicious and afraid, Emmy is drawn to him. Is he really the monster the townsfolk say he is?
Astor, Ontario....

Astor, Ontario. 1904.
A boy staggers out of the forest covered in blood and collapses at the feet of 16-year-old Emmy. While others are suspicious and afraid, Emmy is drawn to him. Is he really the monster the townsfolk say he is?

Astor, Ontario. 1994. 
Megan arrives from London for her great grandmother Emmy’s 105th birthday. It should be a happy family occasion, but Megan is nursing a broken heart and carrying a secret she fears might consume her.

One family. Two women. A century of secrets. A timeless love story.

This unique and unforgettable new book by Keren David is out April 2018, pre-order your copy today: http://fal.cn/qyUF 

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Posted on Sunday, November 19th 2017

15-year-olds Philippa and Danny have been best friends for years, but things are starting to change between them.
Danny has a new set of friends - the rugby boys - and suddenly whispers of ‘Phil the Thrill’ start to follow Philippa around school, and...

15-year-olds Philippa and Danny have been best friends for years, but things are starting to change between them.

Danny has a new set of friends - the rugby boys - and suddenly whispers of ‘Phil the Thrill’ start to follow Philippa around school, and she knows exactly where those rumours started. 
One evening, Philippa escapes to an abandoned seaside house to clear her head, but quickly discovers that she is far from alone. Not only has Danny secretly followed her, the two of them are about to witness something that will change their lives for ever. 

A mysterious Society is meeting in the house to try to summon Death, and Danny and Philippa are caught up in their dark spell. The pair manages to escape but they soon realise that they’re being followed by two children who, as they begin to talk, claim to not be human.

Where do these creatures really come from? And what is that they want?

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Posted on Tuesday, November 7th 2017