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Book Club Style: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

Posted on March 11th, 2015

Running away with Book Club now, here is this month’s instalment. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride. Described as: “Challenging. Shattering.”

Interview with Story Terrace: A Biographer for Every Person

Posted on March 1st, 2015

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Rather fortuitously, I met Story Terrace last month. They are a new company, a start-up, and doing rather wonderful things in the field of independently published autobiography. So over to them for a few questions…

Why did you decide to set up Story Terrace? 

My grandfather told the most amazing stories. Like the time he was asked to join training for the national football team because the regular goalkeeper hadn’t shown up. It was only years later that I realised his adventures had never been documented in any way. Eventually this led to the simple premise upon which Story Terrace is based: a biographer for every person. A professional writer that suits the person about whom the book is written. Together you capture your favourite anecdotes alongside life’s big events and turning points.

What sort of authors do you work with? 

We are looking for authors who are passionate about sharing people’s stories. They thrive on learning about others, and have an ear for the narrative that holds memories together. Our writers have diverse backgrounds and experience: from journalists to published novelists to barristers embarking on a second career. This is intentional, as different writers have different strengths and styles. We believe every story is unique and deserves the writer that suits it best.

What is the best untold story you have discovered?

We received a story about a young Polish man who was sent to Russia for re-education during the WWII-era occupation. He escaped and fled to the UK where he joined the Polish regiment. With his comrades, he helped to liberate France, Belgium and Holland, though he himself was still in exile from his country. He fell in love with a local woman and settled down in one of the towns he had liberated. The couple had two children, and after he died, his daughters discovered a mysterious letter indicating they may have a half-sister somewhere in Poland. It’s an amazing story what it means to be family. We’re honoured to be receiving emotional stories like this one.