Writer's Commonplace Book, A

A Writer's Commonplace Book

Writer's Commonplace Book, A

The commonplace book emerged in the 15th century as a way to compile knowledge. It took the form of a writer’s notebook in which were recorded apposite quotations from other writers that were inspirational, motivational, philosophical or meditative. This record of the key points of his readings, resulted in a journal that was a unique reflection of the compiler’s own thoughts and feelings and one stamped with his personality.

A Writer's Commonplace Book follows this tradition. In effect a personal notebook, this is an eclectic collection of more than a thousand short quotations that have struck a chord with the author in the course of her life and work. Drawing on the literary output of writers and commentators from many eras, this beautifully designed and thought-provoking anthology displays great sensibility, profound good sense and fine, if understated, wit and erudition. Taken from a wide variety of sources, it is a pantheon of the interesting and the apt, the wise and the witty, the curious or the just plain eccentric.

'The book makes compulsive reading … the literary equivalent of a really expensive box of Belgian chocolates … you are not satisfied until you have nibbled the lot' Daily Express

'Rosemary Friedman’s Commonplace Book … is a genealogy of her imagination, the DNA of her talent' The Jewish Chronicle

'A reflective and cerebral anthology' Spectator

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08 May 2014
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About the author

  • Rosemary Friedman

    Rosemary Friedman has published 26 titles including 21 novels and 3 non-fiction works which have been translated into several languages and serialised by the BBC. She has published 2 childrens' books and more than 50 short stories. She has written commissioned screenplays (UK & USA) and television scripts including the pilot for 'Shrinks' (Euston Films, Thames Television) screened 1991 and 'Baby Blues' (BBC1 Doctors) screened 2002. Her stage play Home Truths starred Christopher Cazenove, Edward Hardwicke and Lynda Baron and was co-produced by the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford; it toured major UK venues in 1997. Her stage play Change of Heart had its world première at the New End Theatre in 2004. An Eligible Man was premièred at the New End Theatre in May 2008 and in Kielce, Poland, in December 2011. It had a UK commercial tour in April 2012 and will have a further UK tour in 2014.

    Titles by Rosemary Friedman

    A Loving Mistress
    The man who understood women by Rosemary Friedman
    A Writer's Commonplace Book
    The Writing Game