Category Archives for "books"

Flourishing

You see? I stop with the having-to-post-every-day thing and suddenly I don’t post for a month! But here’s a wonderful reason for a blog: I took a trip down the M4 last night to be with Fabienne Vailes, author of The Flourishing Student, at her launch event at Bristol University. She gave a talk on […]

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More William Zinsser

Another great quote today from William Zinsser’s On Writing Well (and no apologies – it’s genius and the only reason I’m not quoting the whole thing at you sentence by sentence is my high regard for copyright law): ‘The secret of good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components. Every word that […]

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On Writing Well

As part of my book-for-every-year-of-my-life challenge, I’ve reached 1976 and William Zinsser’s classic On Writing Well (although I’ve cheated slightly as I bought the 7th edition, published 2006). William Zinsser is the guy with the great quote – ‘Writing, learning and thinking are the same process.’ – but I didn’t know too much about him […]

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Micro-niching the book

Yesterday I focused on the entrepreneurial aspect of Warren Knight’s story (you can listen to the full interview here), but today I want to mention an interesting aspect of his approach to publishing his book Think #Digital First: he very consciously took the decision to use a partner publisher, to buy in their expertise but […]

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Cover story

Creating a book cover is an exciting part of the publishing process, but also a notoriously difficult one. Sometimes authors know exactly what they want and are able to give the designer a clear brief: most times it’s a dance that goes backwards and forwards a few times. I’ve found creating my cover a particularly […]

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A book for every year of my life

As well as running and blogging every day I have another daft habit game I’m playing with myself: ahead of my 50th birthday in two years’ time I’m reading a book from every year of my life. I started back in 1969 with Slaughterhouse-Five, and I’ve taken in so far Grendel, The Dice Man, Stepford […]

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Business Book of the Year – the longlist

The FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year longlist has been announced: https://ig.ft.com/sites/business-book-award/books/2017.  It’s heavy on finance and economics, with a side dose of technology.  Only 4 of the 17 books on the list are by women, but that’s a fair or even a better-than-fair reflection of the numbers of business books written by women in […]

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The end of typing?

We’ve known for some time that the way we communicate on the internet is changing. For decades the dominant communication medium has been text: emails, web pages, chat. Gradually images, video and audio have been gaining ground, and the recent explosion of voice-controlled assistants mean that the primary way many people now interact with online […]

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Reader-centric writing

A real accolade for this week’s podcast episode: my Mum, who’s listened to pretty much all of them, reckons this one is the best yet.  Matt Watkinson began his career as a designer, and his background is in customer and user experience. Which explains why his books are so beautifully designed for the reader.  ‘If […]

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