Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World

Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World

On a frozen island in the Falklands, with only penguins for company, a young would-be writer struggles to craft a debut novel...and instead writes a funny, clever, moving memoir that heralds the arrival of a fresh new literary talent.Twenty-seven-year-old Nell Stevens was determined to write a novel, but somehow life kept getting in the way. Then came an irresistible oppor...

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Title:Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World
Author:Nell Stevens
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ISBN:0345811747
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages

Bleaker House: Chasing My Novel to the End of the World Reviews

  • Rebecca Foster
    Dec 20, 2016
    Like the Charlie Kaufman film Adaptation or Geoff Dyer’s Out of Sheer Rage, this is about trying but failing to write the project one has set for oneself – but documenting the journey anyway. Nell Stevens, an aspiring author from England, completed an MFA in creative writing at Boston Univ...
  • Kaisha Khalifeh
    Oct 15, 2016
    This memoir of a writer's attempt to force a novel in splendid isolation on Bleaker Island is fantastic. Much like in H is for Hawk, it is not really the subject but the acute and incisive intelligence of the writer which makes the book shine. Many memoirs have a cutesy or self-indulgent tone which ...
  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    Mar 05, 2017
    Pretty much the moment I laid eyes on the cover of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. And then when I learned the premise -- a memoir of a novelist who spent three months on an isolated island in the Falklands wrestling with her novel -- I knew I seriously had to read it. Upon finishing her MFA,...
  • Chessa
    Nov 30, 2016
    First up, I feel like I owe this book an apology: I have been really super distractible with anxiety since the election, and I can basically only stand to read escapist type stuff. But I received a galley of this from NetGalley, and the review has a due date, etc.I think I expected a little more hum...
  • Book Riot Community
    Nov 17, 2016
    I’ve had a lot of other reading to do this month, but this book was one of those where you pick it up just to check it out…and suddenly you’re a hundred pages in. It’s a memoir about Nell Stevens and her brilliant and insane plan to go live in Bleaker Island, in the Falklands (po...
  • Alison
    Jan 15, 2017
    Nell Stevens a young, English writer who has wanted to write a novel, is about to have her wish answered when she gets accepted to a one year Intensive Fiction MFA (Master of Fine Arts) at Boston University, where the program ends in what is called a “global fellowship” where students can ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 15, 2017
    Offered an amazing opportunity to travel anywhere, spend time writing, Neil chooses the Falklands. This setting the attraction for me in wanting to read this book. A place I have not read much about, a place of solitude, few people and a somewhat intimidating landscape. Seemed to have read several b...
  • Katie
    Mar 13, 2017
    Bleaker House is Nell Stevens' memoir of a failed attempt to isolate herself on a tiny island in the Falkland Islands to write a novel. It's a sort of mix of fiction and memoir, while Stevens talks about her motivations and experiences, she inserts small bits of fiction, including the book she tried...
  • Benji
    Apr 03, 2017
    Well, this was fabulous. Witty, compulsively readable, and a laugh or three on almost every page. Proper review to come nearer to publication date....
  • Michelle
    Apr 14, 2017
    In general, I think memoirs are best told by writers who have a few decades under their belts. It takes a degree of intellectual rigor and self-depecration to pull off the introspection of a memoir without being dull at best, annoyingly narcissistic at worst. So I was more than pleasantly surprised ...