Typing my way to the heart of Joseph Mitchell

It's something of a coincidence that Joseph Mitchell was featured in the Guardian at the weekend (and most gloriously may I add), because not less than a week ago I finally took receipt of a 1992 first edition hardback copy of Mitchell's finest … [Read more...]

Truman Capote on his writing techniques and influences

I adore Truman Capote, not least for his magnificent work of literary nonfiction, In Cold Blood, but also because he stands as one of the most flamboyant and acutely observational writers of the twentieth-century. I recently fell in love with Capote … [Read more...]

Shortlist revealed for 2012 Charles Taylor Prize

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‘The True and Genuine Account of The Life and Actions of the Late Jonathan Wild’ by Daniel Defoe

Story Title: 'The True and Genuine Account of The Life and Actions of the Late Jonathan Wild' [extract] by Daniel Defoe. Source: The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (Simon & Schuster) Date Read: 9th August … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: The Art of Fact edited by Kevin Kerrane and Ben Yagoda

The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (Simon & Schuster) may have been published in 1997 but it still stands as one of the finest anthologies on the subject of literary nonfiction. So what better book to complement my read … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: True Stories: A Century of Literary Journalism by Norman Sims

Although I've loved literary nonfiction for quite some time now I've never featured it much on RobAroundBooks. That is until now, with the relaunch of RobAroundBooks, where literary nonfiction finally gains a deserved position as one of the main … [Read more...]

Norman Sims on Joseph Mitchell

It's not every day that a very special visitor decides to drop by RobAroundBooks (not that I'm saying that everyone who visits RobAroundBooks isn't very special), but this past weekend was a little more than memorable because Norman Sims, author of … [Read more...]