Categorie: Roger Ellory

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Roger’s blog … The Importance of Reading

  Books. Reading. Study. Libraries. Bookstores. Literacy. The Written Word. Telling Stories. Fiction. Non-fiction. Journalism. What are you reading for? Not, ‘What are you reading?’ but ‘What are you reading for?’ That punchline comes from an old joke about a man in a diner. The waitress sees him with a...

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Roger’s blog … READ THE BOOK, SAW THE FILM…THE FILM WAS BETTER…

  According to opinions, such a statement as this has only ever been made a handful of times.  I have certainly never heard it, and possibly never will.  Storytelling, in all its many forms, seems to require its own individual technique.  Whether it be a film script, a short story,...

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Roger’s blog … THE SUBURBS OF HELL

  The prompt for this particular article was conversation with a colleague in a restaurant in Lyon. She asked about my son, now eighteen years of age, who is in the process of interviews and selections for university. He has been accepted by four universities thus far, three of them...

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Roger’s blog … IN COLD BLOOD

  In mid-November, 1959, Truman Capote, renowned author of ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ was struck by a newspaper article that appeared in the New York Times. Little more than a brief squib, it outlined the brutal shotgun-slaying of a farmer, his wife, and their two children....

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Roger’s blog … Book

  Here I find a friend who does not judge. Here I find a friend who regales and entertains, who educates, edifies, enlightens, amuses, horrifies, challenges, disturbs, comforts, consoles, identifies, relates and reasons. Here I find a friend who is there when I want them, also when I need them,...

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Roger’s blog … IN THESE TRYING TIMES…

  Here are some interesting industry statistics. I know these figures are a good few years old, but they still tell a fascinating story. 1. Of the 200,000 books published worldwide each year only 2% become bestsellers. 2. 84% of the bestsellers are published by the 5 largest New York...

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Zomercolumn – Roger Ellory … THE SEARCH FOR RESEARCH

  In mid-November, 1959, Truman Capote, renowned author of ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ was struck by a newspaper article that appeared in the New York Times. Little more than a brief squib, it outlined the brutal shotgun-slaying of a farmer, his wife, and their two children....

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Zomercolumn – Roger Ellory … ABOUT BOOKS AND MUSIC

  The irony was not altogether lost on me. Though irony – possibly – was not the right word. Perhaps it was just another example of the way in which life can sometimes double-back, can turn suddenly and reflect itself every once in a while. A variation of déjà vu....

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Zomercolumn – Roger Ellory … WHAT MAKES A GREAT NOVEL?

  I think any author possess the desire to write great novels. I don’t think anyone – in their heart of hearts – writes because it’s a sensible choice of profession or for financial gain. I believe it was Steinbeck who said, ‘The profession of book-writing makes horse-racing seem like...

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Zomercolumn – Roger Ellory … A WRITER’S LIFE

  A writer’s life is often considered to be a life of ease. Apparently there was a survey last year of the British public, and following on from ‘professional footballer’ as the most favoured profession, writer came second. I think somewhere there must be a viewpoint that a writer rises...

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