The United Kingdom is on its way … but where to? The future looks complicated, and the present is far more serious than we would like it to be.
I had the idea, I had the material, but I couldn’t see the shape … and I didn’t have a clue about what to do next with my fragile bubble of a plan. That was until last Saturday when my confusion switched suddenly to focus.
The ‘I-think-I-get-it’ moment was thanks to a Guardian masterclass programme on planning and pitching non-fiction. There were 14 of us in the class, all adrift with various book ideas. Our trainer was Jenny Rogers who has published seventy non-fiction books – here’s some of the advice she passed on.
It all began on one of those long weekends when no-one was looking. To start with it was just an ordinary, empty day – too busy to see.
Then, suddenly, people started to hear things, they started to wonder … because … wasn’t that … did they really hear an elephant?
It was. It was the Sultan’s Elephant. This is a true story.