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The Book of Forgotten Authors
The Book of Forgotten Authors | Christopher Fowler
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'I love it! A real gem' Joanne Harris 'Will have the inevitable effect of sending readers in search of these intriguing lost names' Barry Forshaw Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead. So begins Christopher Fowler's foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves. Whether male or female, domestic or international, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner - no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten. And Fowler, as well as remembering their careers, lifts the lid on their lives, and why they often stopped writing or disappeared from the public eye. These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney brought to the screen, the contemporary rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie who did not stand the test of time, and the women who introduced us to psychological suspense many decades before it conquered the world. This is a book about books and their authors. It is for book lovers, and is written by one who could not be a more enthusiastic, enlightening and entertaining guide.
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Jeg
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A great book I would recommend for book lovers. But I had to stop reading it. Because I wanted to go find the books I was reading about. 😊 I already have a huge TBR shelf . I recognised some of the authors but lots I had not heard of. A book you can dip in and out of. @MrsMalaprop

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LeahBergen
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Another excerpt from The Book of Forgotten Authors.

I‘m not sure which of these two novels (published in the ‘50s and the ‘60s) sound more fun. 😆😆

rubyslippersreads I vaguely remember watching a TV movie of “You‘ll Like My Mother” (probably with my mother. 😂) 1y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I was just looking it up and it IS a movie. 😄 1y
emilyhaldi Wow, “Gaenocological Gothic” sounds rad!!! 😆 1y
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batsy Now this sounds like my kind of genre 😂 1y
Sarah83 You really make me wanna quit my current reads to read this one. 😂 1y
NHLibrarian I so want to change my name to Luna Rampage right now 😆 1y
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi doesn‘t it? 😆 1y
LeahBergen @batsy It should be shelved next to the “Spinster Lit” section. 😆 1y
LeahBergen @Sarah83 It‘s a fun read! 👍🏻 1y
LeahBergen @NHLibrarian And so do I! 😂 1y
Sarah83 Sounds like that 😍😊 1y
Reviewsbylola GG sounds very intriguing. 1y
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LeahBergen
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Okay, @Melissa_J , @saresmoore , @Zelma ... here‘s an excerpt. It kind of makes you want to read The Passion Flower Hotel, doesn‘t it? 😂

saresmoore Wonder if my library would buy that one on my request! 😂 Yes, yes, I do want to read it. 1y
saresmoore Rosalind Erskine was actually Roger Erskine Longrigg and they made a musical out of the book! 1y
Zelma That sounds fantastic (and I‘m surprised there isn‘t a movie based on this). 1y
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Melissa_J That definitely sounds interesting 🤣 1y
LeahBergen @saresmoore Yes! It goes on to tell about him. ‘Rosalind‘ was supposedly a 15-year-old schoolgirl. 😆 (edited) 1y
LeahBergen @Zelma The chapter goes on to say that there was a “sleazy” German film made about it. 😂 1y
LeahBergen @Melissa_J Right? 😄 1y
Zelma @LeahBergen well, there you go! Though I was hoping more for an artsy indie film with a great soundtrack. 1y
rubyslippersreads @saresmoore This sounds like a musical that needs a revival. 😂 1y
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LeahBergen
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Help.

This ‘book about books‘ looks at 99 once super-popular authors who are all but forgotten now and does it in 99 short, pithy, compulsively readable chapters. My TBR is not going to make it out of here alive.

Thanks again for this gem, @DeborahSmall . 😘😘

#BooksAboutBooks

Melissa_J I‘m curious to learn about some of these forgotten authors. Perhaps you can share a few with us 😊 1y
saresmoore Oh, dear. Whatever you do, do not share what you learn! (Read: Please post a photo of every page.) 1y
Zelma One of my greatest joys is expanding my TBR and knowing I‘ll never read it all. Yup, that what I keep telling myself. Now, are you going to post any authors or just tease us. 😉😂 1y
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rubyslippersreads I would buy this just for the cover! 😊 1y
Sarah83 I got this book aswell. I didn't have a look, because I am scared about how many books I want to buy after reading this one. 🙈 1y
RealLifeReading Now I want this! 1y
ValerieAndBooks Eek! Now I‘ve got to find out if any of these authors are ones I‘ve encountered! Have you read any of them? 1y
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks There are actually several authors mentioned that I‘ve read (and a few more that are sitting on my shelves 😆). 1y
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KerriNTurner
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This looks interesting! Anyone read it?

CarolynM Dipped in and out rather than read it cover to cover. There's lots of good stuff in it. 2y
LeahBergen I have it and have dipped in and out like @CarolynM . It‘s lovely. 💕 2y
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charl08
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?!?

batsy I'm trying to make the leap from what's on the cover to what's inside... 2y
charl08 @batsy me too! 2y
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charl08
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Ouch.

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mayusteapot
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I feel like I'm reading a prophesy, and this would probably be the good case scenario. I'm also wreaking havoc on my TBR by reading a book that's going to send me in so many new directions -- but, let's face it, I was never going to get to the bottom of my TBR, who could?

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Sarah83
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@DeborahSmall you spoiled me sooo.. as I am doing #litsyclassics challenge next year, this book contains many authors, who are forgotten in ourdays. Maybe I will get to know some of them next year... And it's even signed. 🙈

And of course some Harry Potter stuff and one gorgeous Folio book. 😍

emilyhaldi Lovely!!! 💕 2y
tpixie Lovely folio! What the Title?! And Forgotten Authors looks great! 2y
Sarah83 @tpixie it's spring, a folio Anthology 2y
tpixie Gorgeous! 2y
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LeahBergen
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@DeborahSmall and I did our own gift swap this year and OH MY. She absolutely spoiled me rotten. First up: these two amazing signed first editions and the gorgeous #FolioSociety diary. Thank you! 😘😘😘

Jess_Read_This The Forgotten Authors is on my Christmas list! It sounds so good! I‘m keeping my fingers crossed Santa was paying attention to my list! 😂 Looking forward to your review of it! 2y
emilyhaldi What a beautiful trio!! 😍 2y
BarbaraBB Gorgeous 😍 2y
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Cinfhen Stunning 2y
DeborahSmall So glad you like them hen xx 😘 2y
batsy ❤️❤️ 2y
ScorpioBookDreams The Maggie O‘Farrell is meant to be amazing! 😍😍 2y
Cathythoughts I‘ve read one of Maggies. She is a lovely writer ✨ 2y
TrishB That Maggie one is awesome 👍🏻 2y
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DeborahSmall
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#Goldsboro #bookmail another lovely signed edition ❤️📚

TrishB Pretty 💝 as always 2y
LeahBergen Oh, that's a pretty one! 💕 2y
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Jeg
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Unexpected book mail today. Love Christopher Fowler books. This a bit different to his detective books. Looks very interesting. @MrsMalaprop

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peggyriley
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Just received this from River Run Books. Can't wait to rediscover 99 authors!

Jess_Read_This Oh gosh, what a lovely cover! And I love the premise!! Looking forward to your review! 2y
peggyriley I thought I'd do a little bit on each "forgotten one" - what do you think? 2y
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ScorpioBookDreams
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A book about 99 forgotten authors who used to be popular. Looks really interesting 💕

DivineDiana Yes, it does! 2y
Lcsmcat Interesting! 2y
TheLondonBookworm This is one of those books I bought and then it got put on a pile and vanished :( I need to dig it out!! 2y
rachelm @TheLondonBookworm you mean, you forgot it? 😉 2y
LeahBergen Oooh, I need this. 2y
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