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Ten top tips for writing a novel article icon

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Ten top tips for writing a novel

Got a novel bursting to get out? These tips from novelist and lecturer Sally O'Reilly may surprise you...

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The Secret Life of Books: Mrs Dalloway

University lecturer Alexandra Harris argues Mrs Dalloway is a book about madness that Virginia Woolf wrote so that she could remain sane.

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The Writer's Room: J.K. Rowling

In January 2007, J.K. Rowling finished writing 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' in a room at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh. What drives literary tourists to visit the room where she penned the final chapter?

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Sartre & de Beauvoir, Guevara & Castro: When the existentialists met the revolutionaries

The French writers and the Cuban revolutionaries spent some time together in 1960

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Jorge Luis Borges: A short reading list

"My father's library has been the chief event in my life...the truth is that I have never emerged from it" wrote Borges. Perhaps; but works by and about the man have certainly expanded that library.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson on Shakespeare's craft

The American poet and essayist pays tribute to the skill of the British poet and playwright.

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Mark Twain on whether Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare

Was the work of Shakespeare really cooked up by Bacon? Mark Twain recounts a long journey and a longer argument.

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OpenLearn Live: 14th October 2015

The Italian writer capturing a double identity; and then more free learning across the day.

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Women Writers: Voices in Transition

In the last century which women writers have truly challenged the existing forms of literature? How did they make their voices heard using brand new techniques and styles? For centuries there have been women writers who have changed the face of literature, but we tend to talk of their lives and work in very certain terms. This series of video-slideshows reveals how writing and reputation are often forged in transition, uncertainty and change. In these 4 films we re-examine the lives, work and influence of: Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield and Jeanette Winterson. This material forms part of the Open University course A300 20th century literature: texts and debates.

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The Secret Life of Books: Frankenstein

Anatomist and author Professor Alice Roberts dissects one of the earliest examples of Science Fiction, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. 

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The Secret Life of Books: The episodes

Lose yourself in the plot of each episode from the BBC Four series The Secret Life of Books.

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The Secret Life of Books: Jane Eyre

Novelist Bidisha Mamata uncovers the darker, crueler side to Charlotte Bronte’s classic Victorian novel, Jane Eyre.

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