New Key Geography. Foundations: Pupils´ Book: David Waugh, Tony Bushell
New Key Geography. Connections: Pupil´s Book: David Waugh, Tony Bushell
Aspects, Bright and Fair:Book One of the Cordelian Chronicles Waugh Wright
´An anarchic and lovingly perverse writer.´ Ali Smith ?I think Nicola Barker is incapable of a dull page. [Her work] is unified by its spirit of adventure.? Kevin Barry ´ She really is a genius.? Guardian ?Life-affirming hilarity ? Evelyn Waugh on ecstasy.? Nell Zink Charles, a forty-year-old boutique teddy bear maker and wearer of ironic t-shirts, is trying ? and failing ? to sell his small, characterless house in Llandudno. His estate agent Avigail, whose name is definitely not Abigail, is trying ? in vain ? to rein in Charles?s most unhelpful eccentricities, especially his repeated recounting to prospective buyers of a failed burglary that took place twelve years ago. When Wang Shu and her daughter Ying Yue view the house, Wang Shu is mysteriously struck by a falling oyster shell ? the first in a series of seemingly innocuous events distort the reality of the characters? lives and cause them to question their very existence. As religious epiphanies bump up against declarations of love, the characters begin to sabotage the fictional world they inhabit, causing our entire understanding of the book ? and of the boundaries between fiction and real life ? to be radically upended. A tour de force that twists the novel into new shapes, I Am Sovereign sees Nicola Barker at her most joyful, provocative and riotous.
Plot Fiction Like the Masters is an exercise in listening like a writer - listening with the purpose of figuring out how the plots of a few recognized masterpieces succeed in making one continue. The reason for proposing this as a way of learning plot-making is my own experience as a writer - that the most accomplished novelists are the greatest teachers and that their lessons may be drawn from a close study of their work. The three novels under consideration - Ian Fleming´s Dr. No, Jane Austen´s Pride and Prejudice, and Evelyn Waugh´s A Handful of Dust - have all achieved astonishing success. They are all not only recognized masterpieces of their very different genres but have also won the glittering prizes - fame, fortune, movie deals - for which many a haggard writer would sell his or her soul to the Devil. There are, of course, many other books for sale about the art and craft of story-building. But this book is different from the others, because its plotting lessons are not formulaic but concrete and practical - drawn from a close reading of successful books. For unless theories are informed by the specifics of successful stories, they are (for me, at least) of limited value. That is why this book is not about how plots should be made - but how, in three extraordinary novels, they actually were made. A great plot is a propulsive machine. The listener is immediately grabbed by it and then pulled along by an ever-changing, propulsive dynamic of suspense, curiosity and surprise. All three of these very different novels - a James Bond thriller, a prototypical regency romance, and a scathing 20th-century black comedy - are driven forward by this kind of engine. One of the chief objectives of this book is - not only to examine the parts of this engine as it moves along, but also to discover the secret of the energy that propels it forward. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derek Botten. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/112533/bk_acx0_112533_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.