I was intrigued by this post on Bookriot. And thought, seeing as it is months since I put anything on this blog, that I might bring it to the attention of the 5 people who are still following along. Sorry for abandoning you for so long. I’d say posts might become more frequent but my busy life keeps interfering with my wish to have an active blog. And the other contributor on here is in the same boat. Damn that interesting life we keep leading!
Anyway over on Bookriot they have suggested the 10 authors who will still be read and revered in 100 years. I was wondering if my list would agree with theirs, they seem to have a bent towards the USA and I’d like some others on there. And I’d like to extend their list, while not arguing with the choices they have made, even though I haven’t heard of George Saunders and I can’t stand Juno Diaz’s work – I’ve tried, really I have.
Anyway I’d add to the list:
Mary Doria Russell – every book a winner. She writes all kinds of things, history, science fiction, westerns and they are all thoughtful, beautifully written and take you on a journey to another place and time. She is my favourite author overall amongst a plethora of others whom I also love. She is my desert island author.
Ian McEwan – This guy is just so good. He takes a topic and makes a story work around it. I haven’t loved every book (I give you Solar) (and raise you Amsterdam) but when he gets it right I think he is unbeatable.
Patrick Ness – Oh yes you scoffers at YA literature, take this and shove it up your jumper, this is the best writer in the field and I can assure you that his books have as much appeal for adults as they do for kids. He is a make you cry kind of guy, making you cry with relief when a character survives and howl as he kills a dog.
Tim Winton – every time I read one of his books I know I’m going to have attachment issues. I’ll hate and love and care about the people I’m reading about. I will become so involved in their lives that I will dream about them. Realness is his thing, and for me that is so refreshing and it is all so unstilted that I can’t help getting caught up in his stories. I’ve got the latest to read and I’m waiting for a chance to sit, do nothing but just read it.
Ann Patchett – she writes in the way that I’d like to talk. State of Wonder is a treasure, but so is Bel Canto. She sees with a clear eye and she makes me totally connect with the ideas she is sharing. I love the big ideas she puts into her novels. Her essays are wonderful. She is a real bookie and if she is recommending a book I know I will love it.
Kate Atkinson – I’m a little in love with Kate. I love her very British way of seeing the world, the dark side of life as well as the bright. She writes character so well, her latest book was so cleverly constructed it made me want to start it again immediately I had finished. Her books are treasures and her Jackson Brodie the best of the British detectives and that is high praise indeed.
So, I could go on. These are the grown up authors I love. There are so many more. But these are the top of the pops for me. Anyone want to add some more?