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Lit Fic for ME please

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Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 08:38:18

Any recommendations? Need lots of books for hols. I want lit fiction eg I do not want Khaled Hossein, Harold Fry, JoJo Moyes etc etc (nothing wrong with them, but I don't want them).

I want Mantel/Mitchell/Houllebecq type stuff please and thank you.

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 08:39:34

It doesn't have to be contemporary and I have read a lot (not boasting, just a fact), so will have read all the obvious stuff.

TheFoosa Fri 28-Jun-13 09:07:37

three from my wish list

Lost Honour

woman upstairs


Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 09:18:11

Thanks - have ordered the first two.

highlandcoo Fri 28-Jun-13 10:28:43

Interesting recommendations TheFoosa

How about JG Farrell's Empire Trilogy? I enjoyed The Siege of Krishnapur and looking forward to the other two in the series.

I read mainly Japanese literature earlier this year, my favourite being The Makioka Sisters by Tanizaki Junichiro. Japanese version of Pride and Prejudice/ A Suitable Boy. Might be worth a look.

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 10:29:35


Will look at Makioka, thanks

exexpat Fri 28-Jun-13 10:37:02

A few slightly off-the-beaten-track suggestions:

The Last Samurai

Seven Types of Ambiguity


A Fraction of the Whole

The Lost Dog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 10:38:24

Loved the Last Samurai (and quite liked Lightening Rods)

Couldn't get on with Fraction, should I try again?

Have read Hedgehog and can't remember it.

Will look at others and thank you!

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 10:41:21

Have ordered 7 Types, Generosity and Lost Dog

<excited by new reads coming>

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 10:41:30

More please

exexpat Fri 28-Jun-13 10:45:04

Everyone I know who has read Fraction has loved it - but it may take a while to get into.

My favourite authors at the moment are probably David Mitchell, John Lanchester, William Boyd, Barbara Kingsolver (Prodigal Summer etc), Ann Patchett (Bel Canto etc), Carol Shields - have you read much of them?

Oh, one more idea: Hungry the Stars and Everything

MarianForrester Fri 28-Jun-13 10:45:10

A Lost Lady by Willa Cather.

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 10:46:26

I've read all Mitchell, Kingsolver, Boyd and Patchett and not keen on Carol. Which Lanchester?

exexpat Fri 28-Jun-13 10:47:24

How long is your holiday? grin

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 10:47:38

Like the look of Hungry

Have ordered Makioka

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 10:47:51

VV long...

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 10:48:06

School hols long

exexpat Fri 28-Jun-13 10:49:00

I just read Capital, which was good, but reminded me a lot of Saturday by Ian McEwan. My favourite Lanchester ones are Debt to Pleasure and Fragrant Harbour.

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 10:50:25

I loathe Ian McEwan and thought Saturday was utter wank. And STUPID Atonement

Will look at Lanchester

Shanghaidiva Fri 28-Jun-13 10:52:09

Some authors to consider:

Lionel Shriver - think she has a new book out
Jonathan Coe - any
Philip Hensher - The Northern Clemency
Abraham Verghese - cutting for stone
James Meek - the heart broke in

mignonette Fri 28-Jun-13 10:55:52

The garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Swamplandia by Karen Russell (magical realism crossed with Southern Gothic set in Florida- one of my favourite books ever) here

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
An engrossing novel inspired by a true event about unresolved family history and racial tensions that threaten a Florida community.

American Ghosts by Janis Owens -
"With American Ghost, Janis Owens offers an evocative southern novel continuing in the tradition originally established by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and brought into the new millennium by writers like Karen Russell and Kathryn Stockett"

Anything by Barbara Kingsolver (new novel is 'Flight Behaviour' but also 'The Bean trees' 'Pigs In Heaven')

'Mama makes Up Her Mind' or 'Sleeping At The Starlite Motel' or 'A Good Year For Plums' by Bailey White (modern southern gothic fiction in longform and short stories-adore this writer) Read about her here

'Souffle' by Asli Perker here. A wonderful newly published book garnering great newspaper reviews. Am reading now.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros here

eddiemairswife Fri 28-Jun-13 10:56:03

have you read 'A Place of Greater Safety' by Hilary Mantel, set during the French Revolution?

exexpat Fri 28-Jun-13 10:59:54

Reading all this with interest as I also want to load up my kindle for a trip to Cuba.

Hully, we seem to have similar-ish tastes - what would you recommend?

Hullygully Fri 28-Jun-13 11:04:14

I really liked Swamplandia!

<goes back to look at others>

MooncupGoddess Fri 28-Jun-13 11:06:06

Anyone who hated Saturday is a friend of mine grin

I read Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians recently and thought it was amazing.

You probably know all the great post-war fiction but Rose Macaulay, Elizabeth Bowen, Marghanita Laski, Iris Murdoch etc always worth going back to.

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