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Bleaker House - Chasing My Novel to the End of the World

Nell Stevens

A girl, a laptop, and a waddle of penguins. In this witty and genre-defying memoir, a young writer can travel anywhere she wants to finally finish her novel-and ends up on a frozen island at the bottom of the world. Twenty-seven-year-old Nell Stevens was determined to write a novel, but life kept getting in the way. Then came a game-changing opportunity: she won a fellowship that would let her live, all expenses paid, anywhere in the world to research and write a book. Would she choose a glittering metropolis, a romantic village, an exotic paradise? Not exactly. Nell picked Bleaker Island, a snowy, windswept pile of rock in the Falklands. There, in a guesthouse where she would be the only guest, she could finally rid herself of distractions and write. Before the spring thaw, surely she'd have a novel. And indeed, other than sheep, penguins, paranoia, and the weather, there aren't many distractions on Bleaker. Nell gets to work on a charming Dickensian fiction she calls Bleaker House-only to discover that total isolation and 1,085 calories a day are far from ideal conditions for literary production. With deft humor, the memoir traces Nell's island days and slowly reveals details of the life and people she has left behind in pursuit of her writing. They pop up in her novel, too, and in other fictional pieces that dot the book. It seems that there is nowhere Nell can run-an island or the pages of her notebook-to escape the big questions of love, art and ambition. Terrifically smart, full of wry writing advice, and with a clever puzzle of a structure, Bleaker House marks the arrival of a fresh new voice in creative nonfiction.

A girl, a laptop, and a waddle of penguins. In this witty and genre-defying memoir, a young writer can travel anywhere she wants to finally finish her novel-and ends up on a frozen island at the bottom of the world. Twenty-seven-year-old Nell Stevens was determined to write a novel, but life kept getting in the way. Then came a game-changing opportunity: she won a fellowship that would let her live, all expenses paid, anywhere in the world to research and write a book. Would she choose a glittering metropolis, a romantic village, an exotic paradise? Not exactly. Nell picked Bleaker Island, a snowy, windswept pile of rock in the Falklands. There, in a guesthouse where she would be the only guest, she could finally rid herself of distractions and write. Before the spring thaw, surely she'd have a novel. And indeed, other than sheep, penguins, paranoia, and the weather, there aren't many distractions on Bleaker. Nell gets to work on a charming Dickensian fiction she calls Bleaker House-only to discover that total isolation and 1,085 calories a day are far from ideal conditions for literary production. With deft humor, the memoir traces Nell's island days and slowly reveals details of the life and people she has left behind in pursuit of her writing. They pop up in her novel, too, and in other fictional pieces that dot the book. It seems that there is nowhere Nell can run-an island or the pages of her notebook-to escape the big questions of love, art and ambition. Terrifically smart, full of wry writing advice, and with a clever puzzle of a structure, Bleaker House marks the arrival of a fresh new voice in creative nonfiction.
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A girl, a laptop, and a waddle of penguins. In this witty and genre-defying memoir, a young writer can travel anywhere she wants to finally finish her novel-and ends up on a frozen island at the bottom of the world. Twenty-seven-year-old Nell Stevens was determined to write a novel, but life kept getting in the way. Then came a game-changing opportunity: she won a fellowship that would let her live, all expenses paid, anywhere in the world to research and write a book. Would she choose a glittering metropolis, a romantic village, an exotic paradise? Not exactly. Nell picked Bleaker Island, a snowy, windswept pile of rock in the Falklands. There, in a guesthouse where she would be the only guest, she could finally rid herself of distractions and write. Before the spring thaw, surely she'd have a novel. And indeed, other than sheep, penguins, paranoia, and the weather, there aren't many distractions on Bleaker. Nell gets to work on a charming Dickensian fiction she calls Bleaker House-only to discover that total isolation and 1,085 calories a day are far from ideal conditions for literary production. With deft humor, the memoir traces Nell's island days and slowly reveals details of the life and people she has left behind in pursuit of her writing. They pop up in her novel, too, and in other fictional pieces that dot the book. It seems that there is nowhere Nell can run-an island or the pages of her notebook-to escape the big questions of love, art and ambition. Terrifically smart, full of wry writing advice, and with a clever puzzle of a structure, Bleaker House marks the arrival of a fresh new voice in creative nonfiction.

Language:

English

Length:

7h 10m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:32


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:09


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:08


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:19


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:54


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:18


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:01


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:24


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:09


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:48


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:23


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:22


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:20


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:19


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:04


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:49


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:49


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:17


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:22


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:43


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:09


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:02


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:52


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:13


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:03


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:59


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:09


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:03


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:47


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:33


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:04


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:30


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:04


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:21


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:22


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:07


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:10


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:04


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:29


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:30


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:58


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:27


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:42


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:48


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:22


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

02:54


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:09


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:59


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:01


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:13


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:35


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

00:51