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The Moth This Is a True Story

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We’re all familiar with stand-up comedians and comedy clubs - well keep the format but change comedy to storytelling and you’ll have some idea of The Moth phenomenon with an audience there to hear people tell of their life experiences. This book represents 50 of the very best of these stories, from tragedy to humour, life-changing events to small scale dramas it’s all riveting reading. The Moth will be hosting performances in the UK but if you can’t get to a storytelling then this truly is the next best thing.

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The Moth This Is a True Story by Catherine Burns, Neil Gaiman

With an introduction by Neil Gaiman Before television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories. The storytellers knew their craft and bewitched listeners would sit and listen long into the night as moths flitted around overhead. The Moth is a non-profit group that is trying to recapture this lost art, helping storytellers - old hands and novices alike - hone their stories before playing to packed crowds at sold-out live events. The very best of these stories are collected here: whether it's Bill Clinton's hell-raising press secretary or a leading geneticist with a family secret; a doctor whisked away by nuns to Mother Teresa's bedside or a film director saving her father's Chinatown store from money-grabbing developers; the Sultan of Brunei's concubine or a friend of Hemingway's who accidentally talks himself into a role as a substitute bullfighter, these eccentric, pitch-perfect stories - all, amazingly, true - range from the poignant to the downright hilarious.

Reviews

'Brilliant and quietly addictive ... crammed with personality ... full of colour and life'

Guardian

One of the hottest events in town ... enthralling, funny and moving

The Times

'New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket'

Wall Street Journal

'The stories not only maintain their oral integrity but take on new dimensions, allowing you to ponder a turn of events or swirl the language around in your head without missing the next part of the story'

New York Times

About the Author

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase.

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Book Info

Publication date

12th March 2015

Author

Catherine Burns, Neil Gaiman

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Publisher

Serpent's Tail an imprint of Profile Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
eBook Favourites

True stories
Memoirs
Anthologies (non-poetry)

ISBN

9781846689901

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