Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT THEMSELF by James Kemp @greencoatboy #NonFiction

Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs at

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Terry has been reading Themselves by James Kemp


THEMSELF: Confessions of an Open University Creative Writing Student, by James Kemp

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

This is a sort of diary, originally produced via James Kemp’s blog, of some of his exercises from his course. It includes some pieces he submitted, and a few other random ones, and poetry. At the back there is some information on editing, self-publishing and promotion from James’s own experience.

This would be of interest to the absolute beginner, as some of the initial exercises are elementary, the sort of thing one learns at school. It’s nicely written and laid out, and James’s manner is honest, pleasant and helpful.

This book skirts the edges of the various subjects it explores, as James’s experience in such things as editing and marketing a book via Twitter is limited. The information is basic, but not unhelpful, though some is now incorrect (the minimum price to charge for a book on Amazon UK is now 99p, not 77p, for instance).

To sum up, this is a book for a novice or another creative writing student, and I’d describe it more as an anthology of pieces to dip into, as there are some of practical use and some pieces of fiction.

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