The list author says: "All of these books have had an impact on my writing skills and my understanding of topics such as characterisation, story structure and how to write a page turning novel. In addition many of them contain invaluable information about the publishing world."
"I love this book - I thoroughly enjoyed analysing the great novels Zukerman uses as examples, and reading about the process each author underwent as they redrafted the novels for which they have become so famous."
"How I love this book! When I look up a word for a synonym, I then find myself contemplating the huge number of other words which convey a similar thing but with a slightly different shade and nuance of meaning. It fills me with awe at the richness of the English language."