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Alcott, Louisa May – the doings of the March family rank high amongst out childhood favouritesAusten, Jane
- in a CBB poll P&P
came out in first place with Persuasion
second, but we found it very hard to choose our favourite
Barr, Nevada – especially the Anna Pigeon series, marvellous settings and a well-drawn protagonist
Biggs, Margaret – best known for the Melling books though “you might find the Head a surprise after Miss A”!
Bolton, Judy – a forgotten favourite but soon to be re-published!
Cameron, Eleanor – the Mushroom Planet books even had one CBBer building and inhabiting a cardboard spaceship...
Christie, Agatha – we love the books, film and TV adaptations leave us unconvinced though ARCHIVE
Darch, Winifred - GGBP are reprinting "The New School and Hilary" as part of their "Fun in the Fourth" seriesDickens, Charles
- Do we appreciate his works more as we grow older?Du Maurier, Daphne
- often seen as a writer of women's romance but her work actually spans a vast range of genres and she was a bestseller during her lifetime. “Rebecca” is one of her best known and best loved books. Feist, Raymond E.
– pure fantasy with several self-contained mini-series set in the same universe, although the perfectionists amongst you may wish to start at the beginning in order to appreciate the full historical development of Midkemia…
Fforde, Jasper - “funny books for clever people”
Forest, Antonia – not that we’re addicted to boarding school stories at all, but there’s life beyond Kingscote to be explored
Godden, Rumer - her children's books come highly recommended
Goudge, Elizabeth[/url] – we don't think there are many authors “with her ability to evoke a scene" or maybe it's gone out of fashion, but definitely books to savour
Grafton, Sue – A is for Awesone….no, wait, it’s actually Alibi … very Nancy Drew-esque light reads ARCHIVEGregory, Phillippa
– historical fiction with strong female characters but we think quality varies from book to book. It’s worth taking a chance on though, there are worse ways to waste a few hours!
Grenfell, Joyce - her monologue “Writer of Children’s Books” will have you laughing.
Heyer, Georgette – we recommend both her romances and the detective fiction and if you've read one but not the other "the humour's the same when you get right down to it"
Horowitz, Anthony - best known for Alex Rider but his other books have a more mystic twist. Also try his adult novel The Killing Joke
Huff, Tanya – we like her modern fantasy with a detective, a vampire with an interesting parentage and werewolves who run a sheep farm
Hughes, Shirley & Edwards, Dorothy - "They may be meant for small children - small girls, really, but there is something very comforting about them..." and we just can't imagine them without the picturesIbbotson, Eva
– both children's and adult books. “The Secret Countess” is well written, and has a lovely central character and satisfying baddie.
Johnston, Norma – for the Sterling/Albirght series
Magorian, Michelle - beautifully written stories aimed at young adults set during and after World War II
Marillier, Juliet – for fans of “historical, thrilling romance (nothing *soppy* lol) and the Celtic folktales” ARCHIVE
Martyn, Harriet – the Jenny school stories for a more modern take on boarding school life
McCaffrey Anne & Todd – dragons! dragons!
McKay, Hillary - "amazing brilliant wonderful hysterically funny"
McKinley, Robin – fantasy, vampires and rather unconventional takes on fairy stories
Montgomery, LLM – we love Anne of Green Gables, but do you know her other books too?
Moss, Nancy – “couldn’t be more unlike the CS but certainly worth trying”
Norling, Winifred – good old GO fare but worth a read
O’Brien, Kate - particularly for The Land Of Spices
with its similarities to the CS, an author with "a very penetrating psychological insight into her characters"
Oxenham, EJ – the Abbey universe is waiting to be explored and that’s just the beginning
Peters, Elizabeth – very amusing reads with central characters Amelia Peabody, Jacqueline Kirby and Vicky Bliss and even a cameo by the author in one book (see if you can spot which one!). Elizabeth Peters also writes as Barbara MichaelsPeyton, KM
- excellent writing style if you're in the mood for something which isn't your average happy-pony-book
Phinn, Gervase - “sort of James Herriot of school inspectors”
Pierce, Tamora – fantasy with some compelling female heroes (yes, girls can be heroes too, read them to find out more!) ARCHIVEPratchett, Terry
– he definitely deserved that knighthood but what’s your favourite?
Rowling, JK – Potter, Potter, Potter…..has anyone NOT read it? But did you read one and hate it or are your copies falling to pieces because you love them that much?
Sykes, Plum – not too taxing chick lit, definitely recommended for flights or train journeysTrollope
- Where to start?
Voigt, Cynthia – aimed at young adults but with pretty mature themes, we love both her series and the stand alone books too
Wrede, Patricia C./Caroline Stevermer – find out who used the term “Ministry of Magic” before J.K Rowling got hold of it ARCHIVE