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First you write a sentence : the elements of reading, writing...and life

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A STYLE GUIDE BY STEALTH - HOW ANYONE CAN WRITE WELL (AND FULLY ENJOY GOOD WRITING)'Joe Moran is a wonderfully sharp writer, calm, precise and quietly comical' Craig BrownAdvanced maths has no practical use, and is understood by few.

A symphony can be enjoyed, but created only by a genius.

Good writing, however, can be written (and read) by anyone if we give it the gift of our time. Enter universally praised historian Professor Joe Moran.

From the Bible and Shakespeare to Orwell and Diana Athill, First You Write a us how the most ordinary words can be turned into verbal constellations, sharing:- The tools of the trade; from typewriters to texting and the impact this has on the craft- Writing and the senses; how to make the world visible and touchable- How to find the ideal word, build a sentence, and construct a paragraphGood writing can ignite the hearts and minds of readers, help us notice the world better and live more meaningful lives. And it's a power we all can wield. 'What a lovely thing this is: a book that delights in the sheer textural joy of good sentences . . . Any writer should read it' Bee Wilson'Thoughtful, engaging, and lively . . . when you've read it, you realise you've changed your attitude to writing (and reading)' John Simpson, formerly Chief Editor of the OED and author of The Word Detective'Moran is a past master at producing fine, accessible non-fiction' Helen Davies, Sunday Times

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Penguin Books Ltd
0241978513 / 9780241978511
Paperback / softback
United Kingdom
229 pages
20 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London: Viking, 2018.