The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

Into the Wild

Read The Book of Forgotten Authors Online Free - Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead.
So begins Christopher Fowler's foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from shelves.
We are fondly introduced to each potential rediscovery: from lost Victorian voices to the twentieth century writers who could well become the next John Williams, Hans Fallada or Lionel Davidson. Whether male or female, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner - no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten.
These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney brought to the screen, the contemporary rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie who did not stand the test of time, and the women who introduced psychological suspense many decades before it conquered the world.
This is a book about books and their authors. It is for book lovers, and is written by one who could not be a more enthusiastic, enlightening and entertaining guide.

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ISBN : 1786484897
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

October 31, 2017

Warning: for truly serious readers who look beyond the NYT bestseller lists or the hottest book on the market, this book may just be deadly to your wallet and to the size of your tbr pile. Fortunately, I only bought three books mentioned in this one before I regained control of myself and started...

Whispering rated it ★★★★★

November 13, 2017

Book reviewed by Stacey on The Book of Forgotten Authors, is a title that couldn’t be more fitting as this book is just that. It is filled to the brim with 99 authors that Christopher Fowler deems to have been forgotten by readers. The book has been separated into twelve d...

Cathy rated it ★★★★★

October 14, 2017

Find all my book reviews plus author interviews, guest posts and book extracts on my blog: Reading The Book of Forgotten Authors is like browsing in the best second-hand bookshop in the world. That’s second-hand bookshop, mind – not antiquarian bookshop – b...

Kristīne rated it ★★★★☆

December 27, 2017

Grāmata vairākkārtējai lasīšanai - nožēloju, ka jau no sākuma neliku grāmatzīmes pie interesantākajiem autoriem, kurus pēc tam uzmeklēt lietoto grāmatu plašumos. Bija prieks lasīt, ka dažas grāmatas jau ir manā kolekcijā. Saraksts, protams, ļoti anglo-amerikāņu mērcē, bet bija arī atsevišķas pasa...

Karen rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2017

Read this as part of non-fiction November and it was an absolute delight and fountain of information! Loved reading about a variety of authors - many I'd never heard of before - and this is interestingly set out in small chapters dedicated to each of the authors that Christopher Fowler features,...

Jackie rated it ★★★☆☆

October 03, 2017

The Book of Forgotten Authors, by Christopher Fowler, is a book for bibliophiles. It offers the reader details and anecdotes on ninety-nine authors who were once hugely popular and are now no longer in print. It is a very personal selection. The author admits that some of those chosen produced wo...

Melanie rated it ★★★★☆

November 16, 2017

I did enjoy this, 99 authors each described over a couple of pages, some highlights of their work and some musings as to why they were forgotten. Now, quite a few of the authors I have read, mainly the Golden Age mystery writers but a few were new to me. My TBR grew. It's the kind of book to have...

Diane rated it ★★★★★

December 16, 2017

The Book of Forgotten Authors is a book about books, and Books About Books is one of my favourite genres. I have the hardback edition, and when I’ve finished reading it, it will take up one book space on my bookshelf. My bookshelf space is precious, and limited; reserved for “special” books only....

Lea rated it ★★★★☆

January 20, 2018

The Book of Forgotten Authors is a compilation of articles (originally published by the Independent) about "forgotten" authors, their lives (often very eccentric) and their works (once hugely popular, now obscure for a variety of reasons). If you like reading about that sort of thing (and I do),...

Karina rated it ★★★★★

July 01, 2017

A wonderful book to dip into, or to read straight through - like I did - making notes as you go of authors whose work you now HAVE to track down. Confession: I've already downloaded one book mentioned, and I know if my bank balance can stand it, there will be more! It's fascinating reading because...

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