My First Book-logo

My First Book

Various

This is not a children's book, as may be supposed from the title, but a collection of essays first published in The Idler magazine, in which over twenty well-known authors write with characteristic style and humour of their experiences in writing their first book... and getting it published. Authors include Jerome K. Jerome, R. L. Stevenson, Bret Harte, Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling, Conan Doyle and Mary Braddon. Full of charm, humour and pathos, this book is like a fireside chat with great writers of the past, as well as being a fascinating insight into the literary scene of the late 19th century. The listener is warned that a few of the authors give away the ending of their book, especially when they were pressurised into changing it by the publisher. . Here are links to online texts of the works discussed, where available: Ready-Money Mortiboy; The Family Scapegrace; The Wreck of the ‘Grosvenor’; Physiological Aesthetics; Philistia; The Shadow of a Crime; Departmental Ditties; The Trail of the Serpent; The House of Elmore; Dawn; Hudson Bay; The Premier and the Painter; The Western Avernus; A Life’s Atonement; A Romance of Two Worlds; On the Stage and Off; Cavalry Life; Dead Man’s Rock; Undertones; Idyls and Legends of Inverburn; Treasure Island (Summary by Ruth Golding)

This is not a children's book, as may be supposed from the title, but a collection of essays first published in The Idler magazine, in which over twenty well-known authors write with characteristic style and humour of their experiences in writing their first book... and getting it published. Authors include Jerome K. Jerome, R. L. Stevenson, Bret Harte, Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling, Conan Doyle and Mary Braddon. Full of charm, humour and pathos, this book is like a fireside chat with great writers of the past, as well as being a fascinating insight into the literary scene of the late 19th century. The listener is warned that a few of the authors give away the ending of their book, especially when they were pressurised into changing it by the publisher. . Here are links to online texts of the works discussed, where available: Ready-Money Mortiboy; The Family Scapegrace; The Wreck of the ‘Grosvenor’; Physiological Aesthetics; Philistia; The Shadow of a Crime; Departmental Ditties; The Trail of the Serpent; The House of Elmore; Dawn; Hudson Bay; The Premier and the Painter; The Western Avernus; A Life’s Atonement; A Romance of Two Worlds; On the Stage and Off; Cavalry Life; Dead Man’s Rock; Undertones; Idyls and Legends of Inverburn; Treasure Island (Summary by Ruth Golding)
More Information

Genres:

Fiction

Description:

This is not a children's book, as may be supposed from the title, but a collection of essays first published in The Idler magazine, in which over twenty well-known authors write with characteristic style and humour of their experiences in writing their first book... and getting it published. Authors include Jerome K. Jerome, R. L. Stevenson, Bret Harte, Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling, Conan Doyle and Mary Braddon. Full of charm, humour and pathos, this book is like a fireside chat with great writers of the past, as well as being a fascinating insight into the literary scene of the late 19th century. The listener is warned that a few of the authors give away the ending of their book, especially when they were pressurised into changing it by the publisher. . Here are links to online texts of the works discussed, where available: Ready-Money Mortiboy; The Family Scapegrace; The Wreck of the ‘Grosvenor’; Physiological Aesthetics; Philistia; The Shadow of a Crime; Departmental Ditties; The Trail of the Serpent; The House of Elmore; Dawn; Hudson Bay; The Premier and the Painter; The Western Avernus; A Life’s Atonement; A Romance of Two Worlds; On the Stage and Off; Cavalry Life; Dead Man’s Rock; Undertones; Idyls and Legends of Inverburn; Treasure Island (Summary by Ruth Golding)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

9h 9m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

17:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

21:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:48


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

36:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

25:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

30:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

17:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

35:58


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

31:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

22:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

22:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

31:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

27:46