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Comfort reading - best authors

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Blerg Mon 05-Feb-18 10:15:20

I am having a tricky time at the moment and I always find anything by Fannie Flagg ridiculously comforting, and was pleased so see a new book by her since I last checked. Always gently funny, strong US Southern women, feminist but sentimental.

Who are your best 'comfort' authors?

lucydogz Tue 06-Feb-18 18:41:41

Norah Lofts and Elizabeth Goudge. Both unfashionable, so my copies are often gleaned from charity shops.

MrsCaecilius Tue 06-Feb-18 18:48:40

Angela Thirkell! Love them. Also old fashioned but so well observed.

Blerg Tue 06-Feb-18 19:41:04

Interesting! I hadn’t heard of any of these. I will look them out.

I think Fannie Flagg is probably unfashionable too.

BelleandBeast Tue 06-Feb-18 19:45:40

Miss Read....reading her stuff is like sitting under an eiderdown wearing flanelette PJs with a mug of cocoa.

TossDaily Tue 06-Feb-18 22:21:56

PG Wodehouse.
Alice Munro.
Laurie Graham.
Matt Haig.
Stephen King.
Neil Gaiman.

InaConfusedState Tue 06-Feb-18 22:25:36

Agatha Christie

endehors Tue 06-Feb-18 23:23:54

Jane Austen.

A little known author called Margaret Penn. Autobiographically based early C20

Ethel Mannin - one particular book I dip into now and then and read chapters.

endehors Tue 06-Feb-18 23:24:43

Pp's list has reminded me
Ray Bradbury

ChinkChink Tue 06-Feb-18 23:27:18

YY to Agatha Christie. And if you like Agathas, you'll like Patricia Wentworth.

And for really bad times, Malory Towers/St Clare's/Famous Five.

For shame.

Pittcuecothecookbook Tue 06-Feb-18 23:31:39

Margaret Forster
Kate Atkinson
John Irving

elliejjtiny Tue 06-Feb-18 23:38:53

@ChinkChink I thought I was the only adult who reads Malory towers for comfort reading.

Kate Saunders is good too.

endehors Tue 06-Feb-18 23:44:14

Oh yes, no shame at all in reading the old childhood favourites!

Gruach Tue 06-Feb-18 23:47:06

Ohhh - nice to know other people have comfort reads.

John Buchan's Richard Hannay novels. Or Dorothy L. Sayers' Peter Wimsey (preferably with Harriet Vane). And Narnia of course.

tobee Wed 07-Feb-18 02:15:14

I agree with Gruach.

InaConfusedState Wed 07-Feb-18 09:09:57

@ChinkChink thanks for op - will try Patricia Wentworth.

Great idea for a thread - going to try out some of the authors.

SatsukiKusakabe Wed 07-Feb-18 10:00:02

I just read Mariana by Monica Dickens and could imagine turning back to that again in future.

Otherwise my go to is Jane Austen or James Herriot.

babybythesea Wed 07-Feb-18 21:14:28

Another Enid Blyton reader here. I love The Secret Island and The Valley of Adventure.
I also re-read Back Home by Michelle Magorian.

I don't re-read many adult books but I do go back to several on CD if I feel the need.
Chronicles of Narnia
A short history of nearly everything -Bill Bryson
Northanger Abbey
Toms midnight garden
Harry Potter
Agatha Christie

Lobsterquadrille2 Wed 07-Feb-18 21:18:51

Monica Dickens
Daphne du Maurier
E M Forster

Also Anne of Green Gables, Ballet Shoes and the Little Women series.

PhilODox Wed 07-Feb-18 21:22:29

Pratchett and Bill Bryson for me.
Notes from a small island is like pulling an old favourite blanket over me in the sofa...

AjasLipstick Wed 07-Feb-18 21:25:19

I love Fannie Flagg! Welcome to the World Baby Girl is so comforting! All those lovely descriptions of her childhood home!

ChinkChink Wed 07-Feb-18 22:01:04

Oh how did I forget Bill Bryson? Wonderfully readable. My omnibus edition is very well thumbed. It sits next to my equally well read copy of Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat.

FreiasBathtub Wed 07-Feb-18 22:18:30

So many of these are on my comfort list as well! Also love Nancy Mitford and E M Delafield, the Mapp and Lucia books and Noel Stretfeild from the children's section. Had forgotten all about Fannie Flagg, and will definitely give some other suggestions here a try.

SnapesTears Thu 08-Feb-18 14:38:11

Reggie Perrin books - David Nobbs
Adrian Mole - Sue Townsend
Alan Bennet
Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas
Enid Blyton
Bill Bryson
Philip Pullman

endehors Thu 08-Feb-18 21:32:50

Adrian Mole has reminded me of Diary of a Nobody, another good cheering comfort read (agree also Jeeves and Wooster)

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