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Ross Raisin's Writing Tips and Best Books by Young Authors

Ross Raisin's Writing Tips and Best Books by Young Authors

The Young Writer of the Year Award shortlist is announced on Sunday and in the run up, we have asked previous years' winners to share some writing tips and favourite texts by young authors.

Posted on 6th November 2015 by Ross Raisin

Ross Raisin won the award in 2009 for God’s Own Country.


Ross’s Writing Tips:

1. Make sure that you know why it is that you do want to break into publication.  And not to ask yourself this until after you have finished your book.  Publication does not turn you, as if by magic, into a writer.  You are already a writer.  It's important not to forget that.

2. Finish your book.  This is the main piece of advice any author will give you.  Whatever is your writing process, ensure that you have got to the very end of it - and are satisfied that you have honed each single word - before you begin to think about the whole other process of publication.

3. An agent who is prepared to represent you does not necessarily equate to the right agent.  Even if only one shows any interest, the relationship has to be right for you, so make sure that you speak and meet with them until you are sure.  And if you have an instinct that you do not fully trust their ability or desire to wholeheartedly invest their time and expertise in you and your book, then go back to point 1) and ask yourself again what it is that you are wanting to gain from publication.

 

Ross' Best Books by Young Authors:

1. The Grass is Singing, Doris Lessing

2. Dubliners, James Joyce

3. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates

4. A Kind of Loving, Stan Barstow

5.Young Skins, Colin Barrett

Ross Raisin was born in 1979, in Silsden, West Yorkshire. His second novel, Waterline, was published in July 2011 (Viking, Penguin).  His first novel, God's Own Country, came out in the UK in 2008.  The book won The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year award in 2009, the Guildford First Novel prize, a Betty Trask Award, and was shortlisted for six others, including the Guardian First Book Award and the IMPAC Dublin literary award.  In 2013 he was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.  A new novel, as yet untitled, is due for publication in 2017. He has written short stories for Prospect, Granta, Esquire, Dazed and Confused, the Sunday Times, and BBC Radio Three and Four, and done journalistic feature work, mainly for the Guardian.                  

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Revolutionary Road (Paperback)

Revolutionary Road (Paperback)

Richard Yates




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Tells the story of Frank and April Wheeler, a bright, beautiful, and talented couple whose empty suburban life is held together by the dream that greatness is only just round the corner. The author shows how Frank and April mortgage their hopes and ideals, betraying in the end not only each other, but their own best selves.

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Young Skins (Paperback)

Young Skins (Paperback)

Colin Barrett

A collection that takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland - a town in which the youth have the run of the place. Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold once The Peacock has closed its doors. Here the young live hard. It matters whose sister you were seen with.

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God's Own Country (Paperback)

God's Own Country (Paperback)

Ross Raisin




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Tells the story of solitary young farmer, Sam Marsdyke, and his extraordinary battle with the world. Expelled from school and cut off from the town, mistrusted by his parents and avoided by city incomers, Marsdyke is a loner until he meets rebellious new neighbour Josephine.

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Dubliners - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

Dubliners - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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A collection of modernist short stories which create a picture of the day-to-day experience of Dublin life. The author stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism.

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The Grass is Singing (Paperback)

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The Nobel Prize-winner Doris Lessing's first novel is a taut and tragic portrayal of a crumbling marriage, set in South Africa during the years of Arpartheid.

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A Kind of Loving (Paperback)

A Kind of Loving (Paperback)

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Vic Brown is attracted to the beautiful but demanding Ingrid. As their relationship grows and changes he comes to terms - the hard way - with adult life and what it really means to love. Set in the 1960s, the novel raises issues against a clearly-evoked social and historical context.

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