The standard question asked of all authors is, 'How do you write?'. What do they need from their room or their desk? Do they have a favourite pen? And have they found the perfect recipe for creativity? Crossing centuries, continents and genres, Rooms of their Own has chosen 50 of the best writers and transports you to the heart of their writing rooms – from attics and studies to billiard rooms and bathtubs.
Discover how each great writer penned their famous texts, and the routines they perfected. Meet authors who rely on seclusion and those who need people, music and whisky. Meet novelists who travel half-way across the world to a luxury writing retreat, and others who just need an empty shed at the bottom of the garden. Some are particular about pencils, inks, paper and typewriters, and some will scribble on anything – including the furniture. But whether they write in the library or in cars, under trees, on private islands, in hotel rooms or towers, each of these stories confirms that there is no 'best way' to write.
From James Baldwin's Paris apartment in the early hours of the morning, to DH Lawrence's spot underneath a towering pine tree, to the Brontë sisters' crowded co-working space, this book takes us into the lives of some of history's greatest ever writers, with each writing space illustrated in evocative watercolour by James Oses.