What this tome lacks in literary gravitas it makes up for in practical advice about banging out a ripping yarn. I am not a snob. I am open to practical, non-high-art advice. Helen Razer once commended a romance writing writer’s festival for being exactly that - irrelevant to art but imbued with lashings of practical advice and wisdom. I am all over that, it is up to the writer to elevate their writing to an art form, and in the meantime discussing what people actually like reading, and how they read, is of some value in my humble opinion.