About this book
A searching study of the main elements of fiction, such as narrative, detail, characterisation, dialogue, realism and style. From Homer to Beatrix Potter, this is both a study of the techniques of fiction-making and an alternative history of the novel.
A study of the main elements of fiction, such as narrative, detail, characterization, dialogue, realism, and style. It takes the machinery of story-telling apart to ask a series of fundamental questions: What do we mean when we say we 'know' a fictional character? What constitutes a 'telling' detail? And, when is a metaphor successful?