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The Art of the Novel is the first textbook written by writers who are also teachers for today's Creative Writing students as well as more experienced practitioners of the novel. The guide brings together specially-commissioned essays from well-published novelists many of whom are also prize winners.
Nicholas Royle was born in Manchester in 1963. He is the author of seven novels, including: Counterparts, Saxophone Dreams, and First Novel, and a short story collection, Mortality. He has edited sixteen anthologies, including A Book of Two Halves and Neonlit: Time Out Book of New Writing. He lives between London and Manchester and teaches creative writing at MMU. Jenn Ashworth's first novel, A Kind of Intimacy, won a Betty Trask Award in 2010. On the publication of her second, Cold Light, she was listed by the BBC's The Culture Show as one of the UK's twelve best new writers. Her third novel, The Friday Gospels, is currently being adapted for television. She teaches creative writing at Lancaster University and is one of the co-founders of Curious Tales, a writer-led performance and publishing collective. Tom Bromley is the author of twenty books: two novels, two novellas (under the pseudonym Thomas Black), six works of non-fiction and ten ghostwritten titles, ranging from bestselling autobiographies to books on everything from economics to JRR Tolkien. A former commissioning editor, editorial director and publisher, he teaches novel and genre writing for the Faber Academy. Sarah Butler explores the relationship between writing and place through prose, poetry and participatory projects. Recent writing residencies include writer-in-residence on the Central line; at Great Ormond Street Hospital; and Tideline - a public art project linked to a major regeneration project in Belvedere, East London. She has two novels published by Picador: Ten Things I've Learnt About Love and Before The Fire www.sarahbutler.org.uk www.urbanwords.org.uk AJ Dalton is an international author with Gollancz Orion. His novels include The Book of Orm, Empire of the Saviours, Gateway of the Saviours, and Tithe of the Saviours. He currently teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University, and lives with his cat Cleopatra. He was born in Croydon. He maintains the website www.ajdalton.eu. Stella Duffy has written thirteen novels including her latest, The Purple Shroud. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were long-listed for the Orange Prize. She won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2002 (Martha Grace) and 2013 (Come Away With Me), and Stonewall Writer of the Year in 2008 (The Room of Lost Things) and 2010 (Theodora). She has reviewed for The Review Show (BBC2), Front Row (BBCRadio4) and written articles for most major newspapers in the UK. In addition to her writing work she is a theatre director and performer. Kerry Hudson was born in Aberdeen. Her first novel, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma, was published in 2012 by Chatto & Windus and was the winner of the Scottish First Book Award while also being shortlisted for the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Award, Guardian First Book Award, Green Carnation Prize, Authors' Club First Novel Prize and the Polari First Book Prize. Her second novel, Thirst, was published in 2014. Toby Litt grew up in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. He is the author of four collections of stories and eight novels. His latest book of stories is Life-Like, published by Seagull Press. Toby's completion of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel, Free Country: A Tale of the Children's Crusade, is due from Vertigo in September 2015. He teaches creative writing at Birkbeck College. His website is at www.tobylitt.com. Livi Michael is the author of six novels for adults and twelve for children. Succession, (Penguin Random House, 2014) is the first part of a trilogy about the Wars of the Roses and Rebellion (Penguin Random House 2015) is its sequel. She teaches Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. James Miller was born in London in 1976. He is the author of two novels - Lost Boys and Sunshine State - and numerous short stories. With a PhD in African-American Literature and Civil Rights, he teaches creative writing at Kingston University. Alison Moore's first novel