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'I want to entertain you'

7 August 2017

‘The basic challenge for the writer can be very simply explained - it is to create an imaginary world and then draw the reader into that imaginary world.

All novelists are trying to do that. Once we get there, different writers may have different concerns. Personally, I want to entertain you. I want you to be thrilled or moved to tears or scared and I definitely want you to be on the edge of your seat all the time, wondering what is going to happen next.

Ken Follett, author of The Kingsbridge Series and The Century Trilogy, latest novel Edge of Eternity, in the Introduction to his helpful online Masterclass