One inspiration for this new handbook, we’re told, is the author’s “memory of The Worst Writing Workshop Ever”, which cost participants “several thousand dollars, payable weeks in advance”, and yielded little in practical advice or material benefits. Our guide presents himself as an affable foil to the racketeering, workshop-leading “Editor to the Stars”. He is, it’s implied, a man of the people, out to democratise the practise of creative writing. Maybe it’s cynical, but I had a tough time believing in the altruism of his motives. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a book which places so much emphasis on the marketability of literature, Consider This reads more like a cash-grab than a well-intentioned teaching guide.
Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane
"as Karen Jones sets out dismayingly early in her book, the only things that the real-life ‘Calamity Jane’ can with confidence be said to have in common with her legend is that she wore trousers, swore like a navvy and was pissed all the time..."
— The Spectator