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Hindsight’s 20/20

David comments: “These pieces on favourite books were written for a now-defunct website in the late 1990s. They have been lightly edited here and there, but for the most part are reproduced without alteration. I am struck by the fact that I’d stand by all these choices. All are wonderful books, each an enduring classic…
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The Seven Writing Myths

This is a (slightly rewritten) version of a paper delivered by David Rain at the Great Writing International Creative Writing Conference, Imperial College, London, on Saturday 29 June 2013.   The prolific English novelist, playwright and essayist J. B. Priestley published an excellent book about his literary career called Margin Released: A Writer’s Reminiscences and…
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The Three Distances

I can’t remember when I first heard of the “Three Distances,” but I’ve been fascinated by the idea for many years. It’s a concept about how novels work – or, perhaps, should work – and strikes me as true. It explains why some novels seems trivial and others profound. It shows that the novel, as…
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This Side of Paradise

I always think it’s a bit odd when novelists liken the publication of novels to childbirth, but the naming of a book is one way in which the whole business is similar. The Heat of the Sun had many names while I was writing it, not all of which I can remember, but it was…
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Book Chase reviews The Heat of the Sun

“David Rain’s debut novel, The Heat of the Sun, is an unusual and ambitious one … He numbers Dickens and F. Scott Fitzgerald among his favorite authors, and there are shades of both in his debut novel. The novel also reminds me a bit of John Irving’s work and, bottom line, The Heat of the…
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The Book Bag reviews The Heat of the Sun

“David Rain is far too young to be writing this exquisitely* … Pinkerton is glamour encapsulated … The scope of the book is vast … from the early 1920s, through to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki … The whole is a story about the universal search for love and for self, set at a…
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