|The pencil illustrations suited the feel of the book|
July 2014, Penguin, 144 pages, Hardback, Review copy
Summary from Cory's website (Penguin UK was being stubborn & wouldn't let me online)
Working On My Novel is a book which is based on a twitter feed that re-tweets the best posts featuring the phrase "working on my novel."
What does it feel like to try and create something new? How is it possible to find a space for the demands of writing a novel in a world of instant communication?
(All of the tweets collected in this book are used with the permission of the original authors.)
Being a Twitter user and a writer had me rather interested on this particular book. Like a Twitter feed it's engaging how different people incorporate the phrase Working On My Novel. As I read it I wondered how Cory decided which tweets should be included, and which shouldn't. It would be rather fascinating to have books compiled of other hash tag, both writing and non-writing related ones. I for one would read them for interest, because it's not always comfy/convenient to read online as Tweets happen. I think this book will help people see how people can connect on Twitter over anything they enjoy (& I suppose anything they hate, although I can't imagine a writer hating writing!).
The reason for the grade is that I'd expected more tweets in the book, not on per page. I wasn't particularly sold by the part where several of the same quote was printed one after the other - I'd rather have had a few more new entries.
Another short and snappy read with a totally different agenda is Deadly Diaries by Steve Backshall (Children's, Non-Fiction, 10/10E)