FAVOURITE ADULT WRITERS

Classics

  • Jane Austen – Persuasion; Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Emma
  • Anne Brontë – The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
  • Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
  • Charles Dickens – The Tale of Two Cities; Oliver Twist; A Christmas Carol; Great Expectations
  • S. Lewis – Till We Have Faces
  • Daphne du Maurier – Rebecca; My Cousin Rachel; Frenchman’s Creek; Jamaica Inn
  • M. Forster –A Room With A View; Howards End; Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Mary RenaultThe King Must Die
  • Mary Webb – Precious Bane; Gone to Earth
  • Maurice Walsh – Castle Gillian; The Small Brown Man

 

Contemporary

  • Jesse Blackadder – Sixty Seconds
  • Alice Hoffman – Practical Magic
  • Josephine Moon – Three Gold Coins
  • Richard C. Morais – The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Emily Maguire – An Isolated Incident
  • Liane Moriarty – The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies; Truly, Madly, Guilty
  • Debra Oswald – The Whole Bright Year
  • Holly Ringwald – The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
  • Heather Rose – The Museum of Modern Love; The River Wife
  • Danielle Wood – Mothers Grimm

 

Dual Timeline/Historical Fiction

  • Isabel Allende – The House of Spirits; Love and Shadows; Eva Luna
  • Margaret Atwood – Alias Grace
  • Vanora Bennett – Portrait Of An Unknown Woman
  • Jesse Blackadder – The Raven’s Heart, Chasing the Light
  • Geraldine Brooks – The Year of Wonders; March; People of the Book; Caleb’s Crossing
  • Kate Lord Brown – The Beauty Chorus; The Perfume Garden
  • Jessie Burton – The Miniaturist; The Muse
  • S. Byatt – Possession
  • Anthony Capella – The Food of Love; The Wedding Officer; The Empress of Ice Cream, The Various Flavours of Coffee
  • Lauren Chater – The Lace Weaver; Gulliver’s Wife
  • Tracey Chevalier – The Virgin Blue; Girl with a Pearl Earring; Falling Angels; Remarkable Creatures; Burning Bright; The Lady & the Unicorn; The Last Runaway
  • Katherine Clements – The Crimson Thread; The Silvered Heart, The Coffin Path
  • Christie Dickason – The Firemaster’s Mistress; The Principessa; The King’s Daughter
  • Emma Donoghue – The Wonder
  • Louise Doughty – Stone Cradle; Fires in the Dark
  • Sarah Dunant – The Birth of Venus; In the Company of the Courtesan
  • David Dyer – The Midnight Watch
  • Karen Essex – Leonardo’s Swans
  • Sebastian Faulks – Birdsong; The Girl at the Lion d’Or
  • Marina Fiorato – The Glassblower of Murano; The Botticelli Secret; Daughter of Siena;
  • Ken Follett –The Pillars of the Earth
  • Anne Fortier –Juliet
  • Essie Fox – The Somnambulist; Elijah’s Mermaid; The Goddess & the Thief
  • Kimberley Freeman – Wildflower HillLighthouse BayEmber Island; Evergreen Falls; Stars Across the Ocean
  • Jackie French – Miss Lily’s Lovely Ladies; The Lily & the Rose
  • Kate Furnivall – The Betrayal
  • Kelly Gardiner – Act of Faith; The Sultan’s Eyes; Goddess
  • Elisabeth Gifford – Secrets of the Sea House
  • Anne Gracie – Marry in Haste; Marry in Scandal; Marry in Secret; The Autumn Bride; The Winter Bride; The Spring Bride; The Summer Bride
  • Phillipa Gregory – The Queen’s Fool; The White Queen; The Other Queen; The Other Boleyn Girl; Lady of the Rivers
  • Kate Grenville –The Secret River
  • Sarah Gruen – Water for Elephants
  • W. Gortner – The Last Queen; The Confessions of Catherine de Medici; Mademoiselle Chanel; Marlene; The Vatican Princess; The Tudor Secret
  • Pamela Hart – The Soldier’s Wife; A Letter from Italy; The Desert Nurse
  • Jane Harris – The Observations
  • Joanne Harris – Chocolat; Five Quarters Of The Orange; Peaches for Monsieur le Cure
  • Georgette Heyer – These Old Shades; Friday’s Child; The Devil’s Cub; The Reluctant Widow; Cotillion; Sophie’s Choice; Regency Buck; Black Sheep; Sylvester; Cotillion
  • Toni Jordan – Nine Days
  • Jeanne Kalogridas – I, Mona Lisa; The Borgia Bride
  • Susanna Kearsley – Mariana; The Rose Garden; The Winter Sea; Season of Storms; The Firebird
  • Hannah Kent – Burial Rites; The Good People
  • Barbara Kingsolver – Prodigal Summer; The Poisonwood Bible; The Lacuna
  • Elizabeth Knox – The Vintner’s Luck; Billie’s Kiss
  • Elizabeth Kostova –The Historian; The Swan Thieves; The Shadow Land
  • Natasha Lester – A Kiss for Mr Fitzgerald; The Paris Seamstress; The French Photograher
  • Karen Maitland – Company of Liars; The Owl Killers; The Gallow’s Curse; Falcons of Fire & Ice; The Raven’s Head
  • Ian McEwan – Atonement
  • Katharine McMahon – The Rose Of Sebastopol
  • Madeline Miller – Circe
  • Rose Melikan – The Blackstone Key; The Counterfeit Guest; The Mistakan Wife
  • Kate Morton – The Shifting Fog; The Forgotten Garden; The Distant Hours; The Secret Keeper; The Lake House; The Clockmaker’s Daughter
  • Kate Mosse –Labyrinth; Sepulchre; Citadel; Winter Ghosts; The Taxidermist’s Daughter
  • Elle Newmark – The Book of Unholy Mischief
  • Kate Quinn – The Alice Network; The Huntress
  • Hannah Richell – Secrets of the Tides; The Shadow Year; The Peacock Summer
  • Kelly Rimmer – The Things We Cannot Say
  • Mary Ann Schaffer – The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Lisa See – Snow Flower & the Secret Fan
  • Dominic Smith – The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
  • Deborah Swift – The Lady’s Slipper
  • Susan Vreeland – Girl in Hyacinth Blue; Passion of Artemisia; Luncheon of the Boating Party; The Forest Lover
  • Alice Walker – The Color Purple
  • Sarah Waters – Affinity; The Night Watch; The Little Stranger; The Paying Guests
  • Lauren Willig – The Secret History of the Pink Carnation; The Seduction of the Crimson Rose; The Ashford Affair; The Summer Country; The English Wife
  • Jeanette Winterson – Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit; The Passion
  • Marcus Zusak – The Book Thief

 

 

Fantasy/Magic Realism

  • Joe Abercrombie – Half a World
  • Katherine Arden – The Bear & the Nightingale; The Girl in the Tower; The Winter of the Witch
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley – The Mists of Avalon
  • Susanna Clarke – Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrell
  • Bridget Collins – The Binding
  • Alison Croggon – The Gift; The Riddle; The Crow; The Singing
  • David Eddings – Pawn of Prophecy; Queen of Sorcery etc
  • Raymond Feist – Magician; Silverthorn
  • Pamela Freeman – Blood Ties; Dark Water; Full Circle
  • Neil Gaiman – Stardust
  • Alison Goodman – Eon; Eona
  • Lian Hearn – Across the Nightingale Floor; Grass for his Pillow; Heaven’s Net is Wide
  • Robin Hobbs – Assassin’s Apprentice; Royal Assassin; Assassin’s Quest
  • Eowyn Ivey – The Snow Child; The Bright Edge of the World
  • Robert Jordan – The Eye of the World; The Great Hunt
  • Celine Kiernan –The Poison Throne; The Crowded Shadows; The Rebel Prince
  • Margo Lanagan – Tender Morsels; Sea Hearts
  • Juliet Marillier –  Daughter of the Forest; Son of the Shadows;Child of the Prophecy; Heir to Sevenwaters; Seer of Sevenwaters; Flame of Sevenwaters; Wolfskin; Foxmask; The Dark Mirror; Blade of Fortriu; The Well of Shades; Heart’s Blood; Wildwood Dancing; Cybele’s Secret; Dreamer’s Pool; Tower of Thorns; Den of Wolves; The Harp of Kings
  • Robin McKinley – Beauty; Rose Daughter; Deerskin
  • Jaclyn Moriarty – A Corner of White
  • Garth Nix – Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen
  • Naomi Novik – Uprooted; Spinning Silver
  • Sarah Perry – The Essex Serpent; Melmoth
  • Leife Shallcross: The Beast’s Heart
  • Ilka Tampke – Skin; Songwoman
  • R.R Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit
  • Tad Williams – The Dragonbone Chair; Stone of Farewell
  • Kim Wilkins – The Infernal; Grimoire; The Resurrectionists; Angel of Ruin; The Autumn Castle; Giants of the Frost; Rosa and the Veil of Gold
  • Sarah Zettel – A Sorcerer’s Treason; Camelot’s Honour; Camelot’s Blood
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon – The Shadow of the Wind

 

Mystery, Crime & Thrillers

  • Sarah Bailey – The Dark Lake; Into the Night; Where the Dead Go
  • Alan Bradley – The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie; The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag
  • Agatha Christie – The Man In The Brown Suit; The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Lindsay Davis – The Silver Pigs; Shadows In Bronze
  • John Dunning – Booked To Die; The Sign Of The Book; The Bookman’s Wake; The Bookman’s Promise
  • Kathryn Fox – Skin & Bone; Malicious Intent
  • Ken Follett – Eye of the Needle; The Key to Rebecca; Jackdaws; Hornet Flight
  • Ariana Franklin – The Mistress of the Dead; Relics of the Dead; The Death Maze
  • Robert Galbraith – The Cuckoo’s Calling; Career of Evil; Lethal White
  • Elizabeth George – A Great Deliverance; Payment In Blood; A Suitable Vengeance
  • Kerry Greenwood – Cocaine Blues; Flying Too High; Death by Water
  • Jane Harper – The Dry; Force of Nature; The Lost Man
  • S. Harris – What Angels Fear; When Gods Die; What Remains of Heaven
  • Georgette Heyer –Footsteps In The Dark; Why Shoot A Butler?; The Unfinished Clue; No Wind of Blame
  • Antonia Hodgson – The Devil in the Marshalsea; The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins; A Death at Fountains Abbey
  • M. Kaye – Death in Kashmir
  • Donna Leon – Death At Le Fenice; The Anonymous Venetian; Blood From A Stone; The Death of Faith
  • Rosamund Lupton – Sister; The Quality of Silence
  • Dervla McTiernan – The Ruin; The Scholar
  • Caro Peacock – Death At Dawn; Death of A Dancer; A Corpse in Shining Armour
  • Louise Penny – The Murder Stone; The Cruellest Month; Still Life; A Fatal Grace; Bury Your Dead; The Brutal Telling
  • Anne Perry – Sins of the Wolf; The Face of A Stranger
  • Ellis Peters – A Morbid Taste for Bones; One Corpse Too Many; The Rose Rent
  • Michael Robotham – The Suspect; Lost; Shatter; The Night Ferry; The Drowning Man
  • J. Sansom – Dissolution; Sovereign; Dark Fire; Revelation; Heartstone; Lamentation; Tombland
  • Dorothy Sayers – Strong Poison; Have His Carcase; Busman’s Honeymoon
  • Mary Stewart – Madam, Will You Talk; The Moon-Spinners; This Rough Magic; Nine Chariots Waiting; Touch Not the Cat; The Gabriel Hounds
  • Emma Viskic – Resurrection Bay; And Fire Came Down
  • Patricia Wentworth –The Catherine Wheel; The Listening Eye
  • Minette Walters – The Sculptress; The Scold’s Bridle; The Ice House
  • Martin Walker – The Dark Vineyard; Black Diamond