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The Rose Smuggler

A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.

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Best Books On Writing & Creativity

  • Christopher Booker – The Seven Basic Plots
  • Terry Brooks – Sometimes The Magic Works: Lessons From A Writing Life
  • Gail Carson Levine – Writing Magic - Creating Stories That Fly
  • Roy Peter Clark – Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
  • Louise Doughty – A Novel In A Year
  • Alice. W Flaherty - The Midnight Disease – The Drive to Write, Writer's Block and the Creative Brain
  • E.M. Forster – Aspects of the Novel
  • Libby Gleeson – Writing Hannah
  • Kate Grenville – Searching For The Secret River
  • Stephen King – On Writing
  • Ursula le Guin – Steering the Craft
  • Donald Maass - Writing the Breakout Novel
  • Arthur Plotnik – Spunk & Bite
  • Jane Yolen – Take Joy: A Writer's Guide to Loving the Craft

Best Books on Children's Literature

  • Susan Cooper – Dreams and Wishes: Essays on Writing for Children
  • Alison Lurie – Don't Tell the Grownups: Subversive Children's Literature
  • Deborah O'Keefe – Readers In Wonderland: The Liberating Worlds of Fantasy Fiction
  • Francis Spufford – The Child That Books Built
  • Jane Yolen – Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood
  • William Zinsser – Worlds Of Childhood: The Art And Craft Of Writing For Children