Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

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Ooo. I love a good yearly round up. Expect a few on Literary Relish over the next month. This Tuesday, courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish, it’s some brand new exciting authors for 2013 (new to me anyway!)

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1. Ray Bradbury – No, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read any Ray Bradbury either!

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2. Iain Broome – after reading his fabulous, comforting début novel, I am convinced that Broome is the hot new author to watch.

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3. Neil Gaiman – is it because he hangs out in the fantasy-cum-sci-fi section that I’d never read any Neil Gaiman? Who knows but, one thing that is certain is that I will never, ever look back. Top notch.

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4. Jane Harris – Gillespie and I was a fabulous holiday read. One I never managed to review funnily enough. I am dying to read The Observations. Downton Abbey here I come.

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5. Stephen Kelman  – Kelman’s Pigeon English was easily the best book group choice so far. Whether his future novels can live up to it remains to be seen.

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6. David Mitchell – I always felt a bit unsure about Cloud Atlas, with it receiving so many mixed reviews. After the fantastical number9dream I might just have to take the plunge.

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7. Helen Oyeyemi – a sensitive, quirky turn on identity issues and racial tensions that will really get you thinking in Boy, Snow, Bird. (Out in Feb 2014)

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8. Taiye Selasi – I will shortly be compiling my thoughts on Selasi’s heartbreaking family drama. Toni Morrison’s protégé you say? Not much pressure then.

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9. Sarah Waters – What a saucy Victorian romp! Waters’ writing was superbly atmospheric and I can’t wait to read more.

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10. Kate Worsley – who better than to follow Sarah Waters on my list than her student, Kate Worsley. Her historical sea shanty really got my bookish juices flowing and I cannot wait to read more.

17 thoughts on “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

    1. His latest story would be frightening for children I think certainly and it brings all the childhood memories back of the times when you had a hugely wild and overactive imagination. I thought his writing in this instance was quite beautiful

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    1. It’s worth reading Jan because so many motifs from our horror films and more modern fiction are clearly inspired by it and it’s very, very creepy. I didn’t really find it an easy read though so I’d go to it when you’re not in a lazy mood!

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  1. What a great list. I remember picking up Something Wicked This Way Comes when I was nine and wondering if I should read it, then deciding it looked too frightening (I was just making my first foray into “adult”books). Maybe it’s time for me to give it a go!

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    1. I’m really really excited by him Jeff and pretty embarrassed it’s taken so long for me to pick him up. It excites me beyond belief that I have such a decent back catalogue to now read my way through

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  2. AH! Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman. So glad you found them. : ) I really want to read that Boy, Snow, Bird. And that cover for She Rises is beautiful. I want to read it.

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    1. Boy, Snow, Bird was really interesting. Family dramas are not usually my thing but I’m beginning to realise that a book that just muses on people and isn’t so plot heavy might be intriguing from time to time. She Rises is the exact opposite and was great fun to read. Ah ha me hearties!

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  3. Can you tell I’m catching up on my blog reading? Anyway, popped in to say if you liked Gillespie & I you’ll love The Observations, but I see someone beat me to it. In any case, I second the recommendation. I read it for my “Upstairs, Downstairs” book salon on servants, which turned out to be a brilliant choice!

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    1. Haha, I can! I do exactly the same thing. I’m practically none existent on other blogs and then I have a nice relaxing night when I can get round to some serious reading and catch up with everyone! I thought I’d mislaid The Observations but I happily found it in one my final boxes of books to be unpacked from the move, hurrah! My bookish karma has been restored.

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