Synopses & Reviews
The commonplace book emerged in the 15th century as a way to compile knowledge. It took the form of a writer's notebook in which were recorded apposite quotations from other writers that were inspirational, motivational, philosophical or meditative. This record of the key points of his readings, resulted in a journal that was a unique reflection of the compiler's own thoughts and feelings and one stamped with his personality.
A Writer's Commonplace Book follows this tradition. In effect a personal notebook, this is an eclectic collection of more than a thousand short quotations that have struck a chord with the author in the course of her life and work. Drawing on the literary output of writers and commentators from many eras, this beautifully designed and thought-provoking anthology displays great sensibility, profound good sense and fine, if understated, wit and erudition. Taken from a wide variety of sources, it is a pantheon of the interesting and the apt, the wise and the witty, the curious or the just plain eccentric.
"Compulsive reading... the literary equivalent of a really expensive box of Belgian chocolates." The Daily Express
In effect the personal notebook of a distinguished and highly individualistic novelist and writer, this is an eclectic collection of more than 1,000 short quotations that have struck a chord with the author in the course of her life and work. Drawing on the works of writers and commentators from many eras, this beautifully designed book displays not only its author's wide reading, but also great sensibility, profound good sense, and fine, if understated, wit. A writer's book for anyone who wishes to live a fulfilling life.
About the Author
Rosemary Friedman is the author of some 20 novels and non-fiction works, including Practice Makes Perfect and Love on My List. She has kept a personal commonplace book for many years.