Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

I love a Top Ten Tuesday post, mainly because I love a good list, but this week’s task is a bit tricky for someone with such a serious book problem (not quite as bad as the insane picture above!) Short of getting my library out and counting it all (a more pleasurable task than it sounds I’m sure!), based on a swift glance alone it is clear that the ten authors below are coming up trumps on my shelves:

NPG P301(19),Charles Dickens,by (George) Herbert Watkins

1. Charles Dickens  – mainly due to a dank winter book buying frenzy a couple of years ago and an astonishing offer from The Book People, an entire shelf of our ‘classics’ section downstairs is now devoted to the great man himself…better get some of them read!


2. Paul Gallico – I’m sure I’ve bored you all before with my postulating on the greatness of El Gallico. I only have a few of the forty-plus books that he did write but those few are definitely worth mentioning here. Many are out of print/only falteringly in-print from time to time.

The_Minack_Chronicles_and_Oliver_Land_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1622327 (1)

3. Derek Tangye – Having had Tangye’s beautiful cat books pressed on me for years by my family I have now inherited all of his Minack Chronicles. A perfect celebration of life.


4. Haruki Murakami – Although I’ve only read a handful of his books, I seem to have an impulsion to buy Murakami’s monochrome volumes. The poetry and sheer weirdness of it all never fails to draw me in.


5. Margaret Atwood – Another fail-safe author I collect heaps of and simply cannot read fast enough. Just MaddAddam to go in the Orynx and Crake trilogy and then I can settle down with them all for a readathon!


6. Eric Newby – My other half is rather the adventurer; climber, runner, action man extraordinaire. Eric Newby’s travel literature therefore features rather heavily in the travel-cum-climbing section of our library.


7. Laurie Lee – I have all of Lee’s books and have only read the Spanish trilogy so far. Cider with Rosie is arguably his best-loved work and one I should definitely get read before our beautiful English summer ends.


8. Roald Dahl – Although I haven’t read any of Dahl’s adult fiction yet, The Book People had a wonderful offer on all of his captivating children’s books. I bought a set for our four year old niece and couldn’t resist a set for Relish Towers as well. They’ve already been lent out to friends!

9. Georges Remi – Better known by his pen name ‘Hergé’, I’ve been an avid fan of the (admittedly, yes, rather racist) Tintin comics for years and years and am at least halfway through my French collection…just need a few more holidays to finish it off.

10. Graham Greene – A stalwart, reliable author if ever there was one. I always enjoy Greene’s novels, that are so very varied and masterfully written. The Vintage editions are also hugely pleasing on the eye!

50/365:Word Canyon by Magic Madzik via Flickr
Paul Gallico and Roald Dahl by Carl Van Vechten
The Minack Chronicle... by Linda Hartley, Wikimedia Commons
Haruki Murakami by wakarimasita via Wikimedia Commons
Margaret Atwood Eden Mills Writers Festival by Vanwaffle; Wikimedia
Georges Prosper Remi, Hergé by La Tête Krançien via Flickr
Graham Greene by Richard Kenworthy via Flickr

10 thoughts on “Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

  1. I think Dickens must be my most-owned author as well. I love that portrait of him, btw; I have it on a magnet 🙂 Gotta love Margaret Atwood, too.


  2. I have read a bunch of Murakami from the library. There are some beautiful covers, and some beautifully strange happenings in his books.

    Right now I’m working on reading or re-reading some of Dahl’s children’s books, since the only one I own–and have read possibly too much–is Matilda.


    1. I know. I love a colourful, vibrant cover don’t get me wrong but there’s something very spare about the monochrome covers (splashed with red here and there) that reflects the poetry of his writing I think.

      Have you read George’s Marvellous Medicine? It was always my absolute favourite 🙂


      1. No, not yet, though I did read a synopsis on it. I must say, Dahl has some terrible adults in his books!

        As for me, I think Matilda will always be my favorite, even as I read more of his work. Childhood favorites are hard to budge–there’s so many memories attached to them.


  3. I have to confess that my largest single-author collection is Georgette Heyer – some of them the books I was reading when I should have been revising for economics A level. In partial defence they were kept for my daughters as well as for when I might need a comfort read. We have the complete Eric Newby collection too, everything written by Diana Wynne Jones, both her adult and children’s books, I’m gradually building up Margret Kennedy, ditto Barbara Pym and anything by Anne Tyler automatically gets bought.


    1. I must confess I have never ever read any Georgette Heyer. Where would you recommend I begin? Fab fab mixture you have. Happily, with his lust for adventure my other half helps to balance the literary heaviness of the entire affair…


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