All items: Henry James

Having lived in Italy for twenty years, Tobias Jones has come to realise that his literary style has been affected in more ways than he might have anticipated by his habitual use of Italian. Here he describes how this ‘linguistic exile’ has shaped his writing.
Virginia Woolf's fiction explores the inner lives of intelligent women with courage and originality; she searched for, and found, a way of telling a story that was different.
Wharton's own life, so comfortable that she secretly bailed out Henry James in his old age. He never knew. I've always admired her for that.
An author’s ideas are essential to the writing process, but how and why do they arise? Katharine Grant considers various possibilities.

Jon Mayhew speaks with John Siddique about his typical working day, creating a plausible back-story for Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo while remaining true to Verne’s fictional universe, and making the leap from full-time employment to full-time writing.

Liberation isn't all that's needed to achieve the long-haul goal of a novel, it takes discipline too which I've found most easily applied in the early morning before the demands and distractions of the day.
If I there is a guiding principle behind my reading — let's call it a 'tendency' — it's the idea of The Canon. I've been working on The Canon since I was at school.

Ali Knight explores the murky depths of the Grand Union Canal in Londonand explains how it inspires her crime fiction.

John Greening takes us to the poetic village of Little Gidding and its nearby literary landmarks.

Miranda Miller introduces us to Henry James’ Lamb House in Rye and its connections with various writers.