Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they suggest a title for a list and we attempt to answer it! As there are two of us, we're splitting the honour, so Caroline gets 5 and Feli gets 5. 

This week it is:

Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

Go after the jump to see our choices:

Feli's choices:
Feli is currently on a plane so couldn't write down why she picked these 5, so you'll just have to take her word for it.

1. Melina Marchetta
2. Elizabeth Wein
3. Milan Kundera
4. Patrick Ness
5. Ursula Le Guin

Caroline's choices:

1. Jostein Gaarder

I'm reading Sophie's Choice at the moment and it is just so clever, and get so simple at the same time. I don't understand how he's managed to fit the entire history of western philosophy into a book about a 14 year old Norwegian girl called Sophie and still make it understandable. BUT HE HAS.

2. Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell is like Jane Austen's rougher, northern cousin. Or maybe grandchild as she came a little bit later. Her books like North and South (which has had the best TV adaptation probably ever) and Ruth are full of the 'other side of the story'. Whether they're about a 'ruined woman' or the morals of industrialisation, she makes you care about the characters whilst still witnessing to the injustices that went on during the Victorian period. 

3. E. M. Forster

A Room with a View is the most perfect book. It's only just over a hundred pages but I could read it again and again. The weird thing is, no-one else seems to have heard of it! So go and read it. NOW. 

4. Jasper Fforde

Fforde's books are really fun, and an absolute treat for book geeks. His most enduring series, about a literary detective called Thursday Next are amazing for three reasons. 
1. Thursday Next herself, a crime-fighting, sass-talking detective who can JUMP INTO BOOKS.
2. Amazing side characters like Landen, Thursday's long-lost love, and Pickwick, her Dodo.
3. Each book is crammed full of books references, from the obvious (the first one is called The Eyre Affair), to the completely obscure - so much so that I discover a new one each time I re-read. 

5. Cath Crowley 

Cath Crowley is an Australian writer whose prose just sings out. Graffiti Moon is probably her most well known but I really loved A Little Wanting Song as well. She blends poetry, music and writing perfectly. 

1 comment:

  1. You both have some great authors on there! Elizabeth Wein's books are so amazing. And I actually wrote half of a thesis on Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, so of course I love her. Very fun. :)