Writing a powerful introduction: Analysing the opening of The 57 Bus

The 57 Bus is an incredible book that has much to teach us. It has powerful and challenging themes. But it is also very well written. It can teach us how to write non-fiction. This video analyses the introduction and draws out some useful principles for writing introductions that will grab the readers as soon as they start reading.

Summing Up


Set the scene

  • Time & Place
  • Create atmosphere

 Build relationships

  • Details about the Characters
  • Simple Language so anyone can relate

Link to the title

  • Repetition of key words/ideas
  • Link to the Motif

Build the tension

  • Build the key ideas rapidly
  • Draw the reader into an experience
  • Leave many unanswered questions


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