This is part two of Shanah’s March themed topic which is all about authors – alphabetical of course!
Just as a reminder: no rules on this, so the author names can be selected by first name, last name or a combination of both.
Here we go!
Can you guess who this is?
It’s not a face that is familiar I’m sure but I’d be very surprised if you haven’t at least heard of one or more of her books. Or at least watched a movie adaptation or two.
This is Frances Hodgson Burnett who is known for writing Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess and probably most famously The Secret Garden which is such a beautiful story it hurts and so she deserves to be the ‘F’ on my list.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog than you knew Neil Gaiman was either going to crop up under ‘G’ or ‘N.’ So here he is.
Neil Gaiman is my favourite writer. The Graveyard Book is probably the most recent I’ve read of his and it is just so wonderful. I love his adult works but he has a special talent for writing children’s books because he somehow uses time travel to take you right back to how it felt being a child.
If you like stories about women, romance, magic, witchcraft and The Sisterhood (literal sister relationships and female friendships) then please dig into the works of Alice Hoffman because these are her piece de resistance.
It’s not just what she writes about – she writes so beautifully too and I don’t think I’ve read a book of hers where my heart hasn’t hurt afterwards. I recommend Practical Magic and The Museum of Extraordinary Things to get you started.
In a way, choosing Ian McEwan is a bit of a cop-out because I don’t actually like a lot of his books. Woops. I was really struggling with an ‘I’ and he was the one that came to my mind first so at least even if I don’t like a lot of his work, he’s still prolific enough to be swimming in my subconscious.
The reason I have snuck him onto this list without 100% guilt is that, even though I don’t like a lot of his work, Atonement is something pretty heart-wrenching and wonderful and it makes up for the rest.
I think Shirley Jackson had a haunted mind.
I mean that as a compliment. Some of the creepiest works have been produced by her and though I have only read a limited amount I am looking forward to reading more. She had a gentle genius that understood horror is what creeps through the back door when you’re not looking.
She also had an astute knowledge of humanity. One of my favourite quotes is from The Haunting of Hill House and signifies what real horror was for her and many others:
“Insist on your cup of stars. Once they’ve trapped you into being like everyone else, you’ll never see your cup of stars again.”
Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on the above authors. Have you read any of their works? Do you have anything you would recommend?
See you next week!