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Old 10th Sep 2007, 15:12   #1
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Default Top Ten: authors whose new book I would rush out to buy in a heartbeat

There are very few authors who make me want to rush out and buy their latest as soon as it becomes available. Here's a list of ten. The few at the top are almost dead certs. The further down the list you go, the more likely I am to be found staring at the book in Waterstones longingly, rather than taking it to the till.

P.S. This isn't a list of favourite contemporary authors. It's a list of authors that really make me want their latest.

P.P.S. Dead authors not allowed.

1. Susanna Clarke
On the basis of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and The Ladies of Grace Adieu, I could probably be found hanging around the gates of Bloomsbury when a new novel is rumoured. Helped by the beautiful cover design for the latter, in hardback.

2. Ali Smith
I'd almost buy any book with her name on the cover, so I'd be pretty prompt with a book that she had authored.

3. Ian McEwan

4. Sarah Waters

5. Zadie Smith
By no means one of my 'favourite' authors, but I find myself buying her latest novel when it comes out in hardback. Why stop now?

6. Marilynne Robinson
Twenty-four years between the first and second novel. I don't hold out much hope for being able to preorder the next one on Amazon any time soon.

7. M.J.Hyland
I've only read the one: Carry Me Down, but I'll be picking up the next when i see it.

8. Haruki Murakami
Belied by the fact that I haven't bought his latest yet.

9. Michael Ondaatje
Ditto.

10. Ian Rankin/Susan Hill/Reginald Hill
Any crime author who is writing in a series I currently enjoy.
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Old 10th Sep 2007, 15:17   #2
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Default Re: Top Ten: authors whose new book I would rush out to buy in a heartbeat

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2. Ali Smith
I'd almost buy any book with her name on the cover, so I'd be pretty prompt with a book that she had authored.
Penguin just released Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon in their Penguin Classics range. Her name is on the cover as she provides the introduction.

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7. M.J.Hyland

I've only read the one: Carry Me Down, but I'll be picking up the next when i see it.
What about the last one? How The Light Gets In.
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Penguin just released Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon in their Penguin Classics range. Her name is on the cover as she provides the introduction.
I've read it before, and I'd be tempted, but I don't think the cover is pretty enough:



This is the one I'm really tempted by:




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What about the last one? How The Light Gets In.
Nope, the same doesn't apply to backlist- the thrill of the new gets me every time. I do plan to read this, but I haven't yet bought it.
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Default Re: Top Ten: authors whose new book I would rush out to buy in a heartbeat

Well, there are two categories here - authors I rush out and get the hardback (or pre-publication review copy), and those I get the moment they are in paperback.

First category:

1. William Gibson

2. Iain Banks (especially if it's an sf one)

3. David Mitchell

Second category

4. Michael Dibdin - alas, I will only be doing that once more

5. Martin Cruz Smith

6. John le Carre

7. William Boyd

8. Haruki Murakami

9. Minette Walters because Beryl will like it too

10. Sue Grafton for the same reason

Ummmm.... and then it peters out. My fave pbs of yesteryear are either expired, burnt out (for me), or in writer's block -

Patrick O'Brian, Jack Vance, Douglas Adams, Ray Bradbury, Alfred Bester, John D MacDonald, Roger Zelazny, Adam Hall, John Gardner, Geoffrey Household, Arthur Ransome, Desmond Bagley, Gavin Lyall, Terry Pratchett, Len Deighton

On the other hand, Palimpsest has introduced me to a few candidates, including:

Martin Amis

Salman Rushdie

Julian Barnes

whom I will rush out and buy as long as enough Palimpers have given them four or more stars

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The Reader is fabulous -- I find myself dipping into it time and time again. I would buy anything featureing Ali Smith, except Sunset Song, for it is officially One of My Most Hated Novels of All Time.

Agree about Sarah Waters, I simply adore everything she writes. I would also drop everything for new books by:
  • Jonathan Coe
  • Michel Faber
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Iain Banks (I know he's not as good as he used to be, but I can't help myself)
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I would also drop everything for new books by:
  • Margaret Atwood
I would, except I don't, if you see what I mean.
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Default Re: Top Ten: authors whose new book I would rush out to buy in a heartbeat

Couldn't really think of any...

Steinbeck if any more were coming...

oh, and probably David Mitchell now - thanks to Palimpsest.

Other than that, really hard. I don't think I've read everything by one author since I was about 8 and read through all the Mallory Towers set in one summer.

I tend to dip in an out of so many things that I figure I'll get to them all in the end, one day!
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A good idea for a list, Becca. I'm not sure I could come up with ten, and it would be finances notwithstanding. There are fewer adult authors I would race out to buy, partly because although I love reading, my sub-passion within that is children's/YA books, and I can always justify buying worthy children's books straight away (for the time being whilst I have appropriately aged children) whereas buying adult books on publication feels too indulgent:

1. Kazuo Ishiguro
Insofar as I haven't read all his work yet, this would still be a definite.

2. Ian McEwan
Read as much as I can and would never hesitate to buy the next one.

3. Patrick McGrath
Zero failures so far

4. Aidan Chambers
If he wrote any more YA titles, I'd be there like a shot; but he's put those aside now in favour of writing something entirely new. I'd still buy it at once.

5. Diana Wynne Jones
Her last book The Game was not up to scratch - a shame - but I would still buy anything she put out in the hope it ranked alongside Howl, and Fire & Hemlock and the rest.

6. Anne Fine
Her books for older children are consistently brilliant - The Road of Bones should have won the Carnegie, I think.

7. Philip Reeve
Like Becca, I'm left gazing at his latest Here Lies Arthur which is getting shortlisted for prizes, but feel he's a writer who's going from strength to strength. My affection for the Mortal Engines series increases by the month.

8. Philip Pullman
Big fan of everything he's written - just to see where he goes next.

9. Clive Barker
Only the Abarat series of books though - which my boys and I have enjoyed immensely - but they only come out every two to three years, so we're hoping for Book Three this autumn although it's a bit uncertain on the Amazon front when it will be published.

Edit: gil's right - there are others I'd buy at once in paperback: Martin Amis, for one. Possibly Susanna Clarke. And when she was still alive I would have bought any Jan Mark book on the day of publication.
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Ooh, David Mitchell, yes. Him too.
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I would, except I don't, if you see what I mean.
I do, oddly.
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