You've Got To Read This: A Beginner's Guide to Great Writers and the History of Books [NOOK Book]

Overview

This is an entertaining and fact-filled introduction to literature and writers.

A fascinating tour through history, from cave paintings to the present day: all-time greats like Dickens, Shakespeare, Austen, Twain, the Bront?s and Orwell; genre favourites like Tolkien, Ian Fleming, Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle. An in-depth but easy-to-read guide to the lives and works of classic authors, plus related topics like story structure, the ...

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You've Got To Read This: A Beginner's Guide to Great Writers and the History of Books

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Overview

This is an entertaining and fact-filled introduction to literature and writers.

A fascinating tour through history, from cave paintings to the present day: all-time greats like Dickens, Shakespeare, Austen, Twain, the Bront√ęs and Orwell; genre favourites like Tolkien, Ian Fleming, Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle. An in-depth but easy-to-read guide to the lives and works of classic authors, plus related topics like story structure, the development of printing, the history of gothic horror, and even the world of comic book superheroes.

A rich and varied handbook, suitable for anyone who wants to find out more about literary history.

Comments from teachers:

"In our school, we've started using this as a standard book for background reading with [Key Stages] 3 and 4 English. I can't believe that nobody's written such a useful and accessible book on this subject before."

"It is detailed enough to be educational and wide-ranging enough to set the classics in context."

"At last there's something I can recommend to students and parents that isn't flippant like the Horrible Histories and their ilk. I like the way it balances seriousness and facts with being chatty... I can see myself using this volume for years to come."

"[Cheshire's] enthusiasm shines off every page... The chapter on what makes reading special should be read out in school assemblies regularly."

"What I liked best about this was the obvious love of literature on display. If pupils read this and don't want to go and try some of the titles and authors mentioned, there really is no hope!"

"I was very impressed with the way it introduces some quite advanced ideas in a straightforward way. It's not afraid to mix genre reading with more academic studies, and make both feel exciting and interesting."

"A useful guide which is very accessible."

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044257924
  • Publisher: Simon Cheshire
  • Publication date: 1/18/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 820 KB

Meet the Author

Simon Cheshire grew up in Warwickshire. He was always the quiet kid at the back of the class, and spent a lot of time staring out of the window.From a young age, he was a dedicated reader and would spend many hours absorbed in books, happily dreaming of faraway places, and completely ignoring his mother's cries of "Go out and get some fresh air, for heaven's sake!"His first book appeared in 1997, and since then his books have been published in many countries around the world, and in several languages. He writes in a tiny room that used to be a walk-in cupboard, but which is now crammed with books, pieces of paper and empty chocolate bar wrappers.His hobbies include movies, repairing old computers and wishing he had more hobbies. He lives in Warwick with his wife and children, although he spends most of his time in a world of his own.Some things you didn't know about Simon Cheshire* He is allergic to animal hair, dust mites and the word 'incredible'.* His favourite food is fish. Or possibly chocolate.* He has no dress sense whatsoever, and usually goes around looking like a mobile rubbish tip.* His favourite activity is reading late at night, when everyone else is asleep.* He writes on a laptop computer running Linux, using LibreOffice to write his books, Weebly to maintain his website and PacMan to waste his time.* He hates gardening, swimming and Christmas.* He believes in the existence of extraterrestrials.* When he was growing up, he wanted to be either an actor or a film director.* He has travelled in China, India and Egypt and really, really wants to go to the Moon.
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