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BumgrapesofWrath Fri 07-Nov-14 17:30:35

Margaret Atwood.

When I read her books I get whisked away. She has such a great imagination, and such a skill with words. And her books always make me "feel" something. Just got to the end of The Blind Assassin, and I feel like someone has winded me.

So who is your favourite author?

RosieProbert Fri 07-Nov-14 17:33:34

I like her too. If you haven't already read it, I recommend Alias Grace. First book I read of hers and I loved it. Ooh ooh and The Robber Bride!

Comito Fri 07-Nov-14 17:40:34

I loved Alias Grace and pretty much all of her earlier books. Really can't get on with the Oryx & Crake trilogy though.

TheNewClassic Fri 07-Nov-14 17:52:35

Leslie pearce and andrea levy.

BumgrapesofWrath Fri 07-Nov-14 18:38:58

I actually haven't read Alias Grace, but it's next on my pile, after I've read The Humans.

I haven't read any Leslie Pearce or Andrea Levy. Will have a look on Amazon.

punygod Fri 07-Nov-14 18:41:44

Chimimanda Ngozie Amadichie

I know I haven't spelt that right, but I adore her writing. I've loved everything of hers I've read. Wise, well-researched, imaginative, descriptive and warm-hearted.

I adore Stephen King. Just great writing.

P.G. Wodehouse for his humour and his masterly command of the English sentence.

God I love books.

WerewolfBarMitzvah Fri 07-Nov-14 18:42:09

Ha was going to come on and say Margaret Atwood!
She's definitely one of my faves.
I don't tend to follow authors but I always give her stuff a go, and also Michel Faber.

clayspaniel Fri 07-Nov-14 18:47:50

I also love Chimanda Ngozie Adichi! Another of my favourites is Barbara Pym. Her books just whisk me away to the lovely era of the 1950s. Joanne Harris is another favourite.

Bunbaker Fri 07-Nov-14 18:51:07

I don't like Margaret Atwood. I find her depressing.

I like Stieg Larsson, Peter May, Jo Nesbo, Conan Doyle, Philippa Gregory, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Joanne Harris, and probably loads of others I can't think of right now.

Balderdabble Fri 07-Nov-14 18:55:00

Paulina Simons - the Bronze Horseman trilogy are my favourite books of all time but her others are great too and really varying storylines.

MollyBdenum Fri 07-Nov-14 18:56:01

I don't have a single favourite, but I will read anything by Sarah Waters, Georgette Heyer, Dorothy L Sayers, Tamora Pierce, P G Wodehouse and Hilary Mantel.

Actually, I just remembered that I do have a favourite author - Jane Austen.

MollyBdenum Fri 07-Nov-14 18:57:41

And Mary Renault. And Diana Wynne Jones. Choosing is hard.

CrumpleHornedSnorkack Fri 07-Nov-14 18:59:14

Christopher Brookmyre. Love his books and the new Jack Parlabane is out in January!

Bunbaker Fri 07-Nov-14 19:07:38

I used to love Mary Renault. I haven't read her for years.

We went on holiday to Crete shortly after I read The King Must Die, and visited Knossos while we were there.

LadyPeterWimsey Fri 07-Nov-14 19:09:28

Guess. Gwan. grin

MollyBdenum Fri 07-Nov-14 19:11:55

John Donne, of course, LadyPeter. Or perhaps Wilkie Collins, seeing as you wrote a scholarly book about him :-)

SanityClause Fri 07-Nov-14 19:16:58


My favourite author is Margaret Atwood! The Handmaid's Tale is my favourite book.

I've just been reading her recent book of short stories - Stone Mattress. They're really good.

Bolshybookworm Fri 07-Nov-14 19:38:13

My favourite favourite is John Steinbeck- I love his descriptions and his characters and have read all his books (east of Eden is my all time favourite).

Other favourites are Edith Wharton, JG Ballard, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Barbara Kingsolver.

Love a good thriller too- I'm still mourning the end of Rebus!

Clawdy Fri 07-Nov-14 19:41:20

Jane Gardam
Barbara Trapido
Sarah Waters
Anne Tyler

KatieKaye Fri 07-Nov-14 19:42:25

Dorothy Dunnett - if there was one book I wish I could read again for the first time, it would be The Game of Kings - the first in the six volume Lymond saga.

rugbychick Fri 07-Nov-14 19:47:36

Balderdaddle, I love The Bronze Horseman trilogy. Will re read them soon, when I've reduced my pile I have already. Again, I couldn't pick one particular author. Love Ian Rankin, Philippa Gregory, Maeve Binchy. Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, James Herbert, Colleen McCulough to name a few

MrsDarylDixon Fri 07-Nov-14 19:56:18

John Connolly is my absolute favourite, but I also love C J Sansome, Agatha Christie and P D James. Ooh and Alison Weir.
Don't read much these days though as it just makes me fall asleepblush

tumbletumble Fri 07-Nov-14 19:56:40

Mine is Nancy Mitford. Also Jane Austen, Graham Greene, Virginia Woolf, Ian McEwan.

Bolshybookworm Fri 07-Nov-14 19:59:43

YY to Nancy Mitford!

Cocolepew Fri 07-Nov-14 20:00:37

John Sandford, Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, Michael Connelly, Bill Bryson, Peter Robinson, Chelsea Cain, Sue Grafton.. Can't pick one hmm

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