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Thank you, Bill

Is it possible to call someone you have never met a friend? Probably not. Yet when I heard this week about the death of William Zinsser, someone I had ‘known’ through his books, the exchange of a few letters, a

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Discovering Roger Mason

  For £1.49 in a charity shop, the slightly battered Readers Union book seemed like a bargain. I only took a cursory glance, the illustrations suggesting it was another bit of local history written by an enthusiast I put it on the

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Discovering Robert B Parker’s Boston

I was something of a book snob at school. If it wasn’t ‘Literature’ (the capital L was important) I wasn’t interested which was a bit strange because I found many of the A-level set books hard work. I still haven’t

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In the footsteps of Joseph Mitchell

William Zinsser wrote On Writing Well, the only book would-be writers need to read in order to learn their craft. And to prove he knows what he’s talking about, he has also written a string of readable books including Mitchell

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