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Old 10th Sep 2007, 17:35   #11
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Oo, yes, Philip Pullman, how did I forget him!?
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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.
I've got the first two although I've never read them. They are great to look at though. His next release will be some novella in October and with any luck we'll finally get The Scarlet Gospels to finish off Pinhead for good. (The movies have wasted him.) Then the short stories that TSG grew out of. Then Abarat, I think.
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I've got the first two although I've never read them. They are great to look at though. His next release will be some novella in October and with any luck we'll finally get The Scarlet Gospels to finish off Pinhead for good. (The movies have wasted him.) Then the short stories that TSG grew out of. Then Abarat, I think.
That's a blow. Abarat 2 came out in 2004, so we expected Book Three in 06, and now 07, but it looks as if Absolute Midnight will be here by September 08 - he seems to like publishing them in the autumn.

They're not stunning literature by any means ("dull and repetitive sentences" says Mr Col) but they are inventive, the art is tremendous and the characters appealing.
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Margaret Atwood
Martin Amis
Gabriel Garcia Marques
Patric Mc Grath (palimp discovery)
Kazuo Ishiguro
Barbara Gowdy
Ian McEwan
Jill Dawson (another palimp and maybe a cheat, as I haven't yet rushed out to get her back catalogue)
Anne Tyler


and sadly, all the rest that may fit here are dead.
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Default Re: Top Ten: authors whose new book I would rush out to buy in a heartbeat

  • Alan Garner
  • Cliff McNish
  • Jaqueline Winspear
  • Catriona McPherson
  • Philip Pullman
  • More or less anything published by Persephone Press
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Hello Darnell

I haven't heard of any of those authors except Philip Pullman. Are they genre specific or all over the map?
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Alan Garner is a well-known (mostly) children's author from the 1960's/70's but he is still writing. I haven't read Stradloper (sp?) which was his latest book. He lives at Alderley Edge in Cheshire and sets much of his writing there. Some of his books you might have heard of are The Owl Service (which won the Carnegie and was shortlisted, I think, for the Carnegie of Carnegies), The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The Moon of Gomrath, Elidor, and the rather stunning and complex Red Shift (which I am only just coming to understand twenty-five years later).

Cliff McNish is also a children's author I've heard of - he wrote The Silver Something series recently, but I've never read his books.
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Hi Oryx,

As Colyngbourne says Alan Garner is mainly know for his children's books. The Owl Service is also one of his more well known books and they made a TV drama out of it that was very good as well (as thye did with Red Shift). His latest book is Thursbitch and the one before this Strandloper. Strandloper is a marvellous book about a man who gets transported to Australia for a minor crime and spends time with the Aborigines before returning home to England. It is a magical book in every sense of the word. Garner has a unique way with language and accents - thoroughly recommended.

Cliff McNish is again a children's author. He has done two trilogies; The Doomspell sequence and the Silver Sequence. The Silver Sequence is one of the most imaginative set of children's books I have ever read. (I should explain; I am 45 but still find far more imaginative writing in children's fiction that I do in adult fiction).

Jaqueline Winspear and Catriona McPherson are both writers of crime / mystery fiction. Winspear has a series of books based around a character called Masie Dobbs who is a female detective, with the novels set in the years between the wars. They are very good actually. McPherson, similarly has a female investigator called Dandy Gilver, again these are set in the 1920s and a much lighter read, but they are great fun .

Persephone Press are quite simply brilliant. They specialise (in the main) in reprinting 'neglected' women writers from the 1900s through to the 1950's.
Not only are their choices usually very good but the books they produce are little works of art in themselves. Definitely worth checking out their website and let me know if you'd like any recommendations.
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Hello again Darnell:-

That publisher does look interesting. Certainly the memoirs look good. Have you read anything by the Jewish poet Judith Viosrt? That looks quite fascinating.

btw: minor point but I think you mean Persephone Books and not Persphone Press. The latter seems to be a book binder only
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Ooh, good idea for a list!

1 - Lorrie Moore Feel like I have been waiting for years for something new from her and will pounce in a frenzy as soon as there is, so she goes at number 1.

2 - Ali Smith An utterly superb author, so guaranteed quality.

3 - Douglas Coupland He is very variable, but always delights me, and I wolf his books down.

4 - Dave Eggers Also variable, but always worth reading.

5 - Janice Galloway She wrote one of my all time favourite books, but then followed up with one I found so dreary I couldn't finish it. Nonetheless, I still will!

6 - Helen Simpson Ace short story writer. Must have.

7 - Kate Atkinson She writes easy reads that one doesn't have to be guilty about because, yay, she is also literary!

8 - Kate Pullinger I have a loyalty to Pullinger, I have been reading her for years, she's a firm favourite.

9 - Margaret Atwood How very funny, I too would, but don't always!

10 - A.L.Kennedy I haven't yet read all her back catalogue, but in theory she is going in the list!
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