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The Hero Books.

The Hero Book Is a Key Success Factor for Our Method.

Choose one of these books and place it next to your bed. You need ONE book for the journey, just one because you are going to be in an intimate and monogamous journey with this book during the writing of your first draft of your novel with us. Yes, you may have afternoon trysts with other books, and flirtations, but you will need to be faithful to one book during your writing of your novel. Every night, please. Even if just for ten minutes before bedtime. Put that perfect prose and the big story shape inside your mind and sleep on it. Between that and the morning writing routine, you'll become a novel-writing machine.

This faithfulness mirrors the devotion you will show to your novel and helps you focus and avoid being distracted by temptations. 

Be careful about other books you choose to read during your writing period. You might lose sight of your own theme and lose the ability to hear your own voice. Worse, you will start to worry your work isn’t as good as Tom, Dick and Kafka’s and you will get miserable.

You'll read your Hero Book once for pure pleasure, to absorb the storyline. (Story, story, story.) When you're reading it for the second or third time, you'll be deep inside your own story, and will turn to it for assistance with technical problems. Your close study and profound understanding of how a great book works is part of our process; to give you craft skills to last a lifetime.

This is not an unusual method for a working novelist, in fact, it's quite common. Norman Mailer, writing The Naked and the Dead, read and re-read Anna Karenina for inspiration.

Choosing Your Hero Book.

We have listed beneath each Hero Book the genres most commonly attributed to them to guide your choice, but don't fret the genre too much. 

Make a long list of those which appeal. Look at them on Amazon, and peep inside the first chapters and make a shortlist. Choose the one you simply can't wait to read more of. Your trust and affection for the Hero Book is the most important factor in making your choice.

Simply click on the picture of the book to view it on Amazon.

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Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee.               

Literary fiction.

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Literary fiction.

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The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene.

Literary fiction. Psychological.

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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.

Literary fiction. Roman à clef.

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The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins.                 

Historical. Suspense. Gothic.

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The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.               

Historical. Romance.

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Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.                   

Historical. Romance.

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Historical. Bildungsroman.

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The End of the Affair by Graham Greene.

Romance. Literary.

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

Domestic fiction. Literary.

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Normal People by Sally Rooney.

Literary fiction. Romance.

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You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

Romance.

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A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman.

Up Lit.

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Less by Andrew Sean Greer.      

Humour. Gay fiction. 

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The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.

Domestic fiction. Thriller.

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Dystopian. Sci-Fi. Feminist.

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Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty.

Thriller. Psychological Suspense.

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

Thriller. Satire.

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

GothicSuspense.

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Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller.

Psychological Suspense.

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. 

Crime. Detective fiction.

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The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith.

Crime. Psychological Thriller.

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The Godfather by Mario Puzo.    

Crime. Thriller.

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Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner.

Crime. Thriller. 

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Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeannette Winterson.               

Autobiographical. Roman a clef.

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Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut.

Sci-Fi. Literary. Satire.

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1984 by George Orwell.                

Sci-Fi. Dystopian. Political.

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IT by Stephen King.                         

Horror. Dark Fantasy.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Fantasy.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon.

Mystery. Crime. Bildungsroman. YA.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.                                  

Sci-Fi. Young Adult (YA). Dystopian.

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Holes by Louis Sachar.                    

Children's. Adventure. 

 

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How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.

YA. Speculative.

                                

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Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman.

YA. Dystopian. Adventure.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

YA. Psychological Thriller.

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Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend.

Children's. Fantasy.  

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman.          

Children's. Dark Fantasy.

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

Children's. YA. Fantasy.

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The Diddakoi by Rumer Godden.

Children's.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

Children's. High Fantasy.

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Children's. Historical.

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The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd.

Children's. Mystery.

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The Explorer by    Katherine Rundell.

Children's. Adventure.

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Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.


Children's. Fantasy.

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