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Telling True Stories: Navigating the Challenges of Writing Narrative Non-Fiction

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An invaluable guide to the key challenges in writing narrative non-fiction, showing how some of the best in the business do it

It's etched into our neurological pathways; we can't live without it. Telling true stories is one of the things that makes us human, and a strong narrative has the power to profoundly change the way we think. Truman Capote's groundbreaking In
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2014 by Allen Unwin (first published April 1st 2014)
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Andrew McMillen
Aug 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Matthew Ricketson is a former journalist for The Age and The Australian who is now Professor of Journalism at the University of Canberra, and 'Telling True Stories' is based on his doctoral thesis. While drawing occasionally on his own experiences in the field, for the most part Ricketson takes an academic lens to the practice of narrative non-fiction, which he deems 'true stories' in the sense that feature journalists work with facts while often relying on literary devices and novelists' sensib ...more
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May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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Easy to read book on the challenges for both writers and readers of narrative non-fiction, particularly "true crime".

The checklist at the end of the book for writers of narrative non-fiction has some good tips. I particularly agree with the recommendation to consider carefully before attempting to write interior monologue for a source - and would go further and say "don't ever do it".

Bit depressing to read about the low sales of one Australian book after 6 years of painst
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