We all love stories. But why do we tell them? And why do all stories function in an eerily similar way? John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers’ Academy, has brought a vast array of drama to British screens. Here he takes us on a journey to the heart of storytelling, revealing that there truly is a unifying shape to narrative forms – one that echoes the fairytale journey into the woods and, like any great art, comes from deep within. From ancient myths to big-budget blockbusters, he gets to the root of the stories that are all around us, every day.
’Marvellous’ Julian Fellowes
’Terrifyingly clever … Packed with intelligent argument’ Evening Standard
’The most important book about scriptwriting since William Goldman’s Adventures in the Screen Trade’ Peter Bowker, writer, Blackpool, Occupation, Eric and Ernie