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ThenBellaDidSomethingVeryKind Wed 15-Jul-15 22:06:40

I'm at a loss - can't find anything to inspire me and feel all restless and wrong as I don't have anything on the go sad

Love: Margaret Atwood; Sarah Waters (The Secret History - hated The Little Friend); Maggie O'Farrell; Helen Dunmore; Lesley Glaister; Joyce Carol Oates; Hilary Mantel; Lionel Shriver; Michel Faber

Hate: short story collections (even Atwood's); Gone Girl; Patricia Cornwell style crime; mysteries

Can anyone help?

TIA flowers

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ThenBellaDidSomethingVeryKind Wed 15-Jul-15 22:07:41

Apols- missed out Donna Tartt's name! blush I don't think Sarah Waters wrote The Secret History grin

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KittyOShea Wed 15-Jul-15 22:12:18

Perhaps try Wally Lamb/ Meg Wolitzer/ Jeffrey Eugenides or Jonathan Frantzen?

All quite literary dramas from US authors so seem to fit well with Tartt/ Shriver/Oates.

treaclesoda Wed 15-Jul-15 22:13:00

I like similar books to you, I think, and I've just finished The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue and I really enjoyed that.

Have you read Burial Rites by Hannah Kent? You might like it.

eddiemairswife Wed 15-Jul-15 22:19:40

Kate Atkinson. You seem to have the same tastes as me, and I am currently reading her latest.

foolonthehill Wed 15-Jul-15 22:22:21

How about
"A Man Called Ove" fredrick Backman
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton(, a bit woo but detailed characters and history interesting)
The memory Book byRowan Coleman (bitter sweet journey through early dementia)
The children Act Ian McEwan (thought provoking, interested to know what you think at the end)
Elizabeth is Missing ( a mystery wrapped in an older lady's fading memory...)
And the mountains Echoed Khaled Hsseini

foolonthehill Wed 15-Jul-15 22:22:49


foolonthehill Wed 15-Jul-15 22:25:21

US by David nichols....

CheckpointCharlie Wed 15-Jul-15 22:27:32

OMG! Exciting, I like those authors too.

Anything by Patrick Ness, Chaso Walking trilogy was amazing
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (or Manden I can't remember)
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde.

They are my top faves and I am reading Endgame by James Frey at the moment, he wrote my all time fave book A Million Little Pieces.

I don't know where I would start if I were you, they are all such amazing treats!

ThenBellaDidSomethingVeryKind Wed 15-Jul-15 22:48:45

Thank you all so much - my Kindle will be on fire! Will report back re The Children Act - I love Ian McEwan and have a feeling I have a copy of that somewhere that I've forgotten about and haven't yet read.

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ThenBellaDidSomethingVeryKind Wed 15-Jul-15 22:49:18

Checkpoint - loving your enthusiasm! I am all excited now too!

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GeorgeHerbert Thu 16-Jul-15 06:09:53

I have similar likes to you. Have you tried Ann Tyler or Alice Hoffman?

sleepywombat Thu 16-Jul-15 06:13:59

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tumbletumble Thu 16-Jul-15 06:15:42

I like many of your favourites too. Have you read Barbara Kingsolver? I thought The Poisonwood Bible was amazing.

highlandcoo Thu 16-Jul-15 09:02:12

YY to Barbara Kingsolver. Also Rose Tremain - Music and Silence and Restoration are particularly good.

Sue Gee - Earth and Heaven - not widely known but excellent.

And you must try Ann Patchett especially Brl Canto and State of Wonder. She's great.

Watching this thread with interest as I very much like these authors too.

highlandcoo Thu 16-Jul-15 09:03:01

* sorry - Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Trying to dry my hair at the same time!

574ejones Thu 16-Jul-15 19:38:33

I think you might like Carol Shields and Ann Tyler as you have similar tastes to me. I am currently enjoying Judy Blume's new adult book.

atticusclaw Thu 16-Jul-15 19:42:09

Another one here with similar tastes. I'm currently enjoying Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (with the added bonus that it was less then £2 this week on kindle.)

TheWordFactory Thu 16-Jul-15 19:45:44

How about Life After Life by Kate Atkinson?

EssaysOfElia Thu 16-Jul-15 19:45:54

I came on here to vote Kate Atkinson too. I really enjoyed all the books you've mentioned you like and she is definitely my favourite author!

southeastdweller Thu 16-Jul-15 20:16:16

Another vote for Kate Atkinson. I had mixed feelings about Life After Life, but the follow-up, A God in Ruins, was better.

Emily2608 Thu 16-Jul-15 20:24:53

I'm not the religious type at all but recently I've read the most amazing book on Amazon called ancient translations from genesis to Deuteronomy being 100 pounds I was put off but it's the best 100 I've EVER SPENT over totally re evaluated my life and parenting. I cannot recommend enough

suzannecanthecan Thu 16-Jul-15 20:57:00

hundred quid on a book Emilyshock
thats more like a years reading budget
my limit for fiction is round about £15 and then only if I think I can re sell it on amazon.

Thenbella I've read some of yours and I'm reading the bone clocks right now.
MN book sections are one of my go to places if I'm looking for fiction, loads of fab book chat and reviews/recommendations on here smile

highlandcoo Thu 16-Jul-15 21:57:02

Oh .. and can't believe I forgot The Observations by Jane Harris, which I recommend to everyone!

CheckpointCharlie Thu 16-Jul-15 22:28:45

Cool! And atticus are you enjoying it? grin

I am going to plug some of these into my Amazon wish list.

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