My favourite authors

I have loads of favourite authors, but here are a handful of my favourites. Some of them I’ve known for ages, others have been late discoveries.

I plan to update this list as and when new-to-me authors make an impression. Please note, I have only included novels in this list and not short-story collections or other writing.

Click on coloured book titles to read my review.

Sebastian Barry (Irish, 1955-)
The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty (1998)
Annie Dunne (2002)
A Long Long Way (2005)
The Secret Scripture (2008)
On Canaan’s Side (2011)
The Temporary Gentleman (2014)
Days Without End (2016)

Richard Flanagan (Australian, 1961-)
Death of a River Guide (1994)
The Sound of One Hand Clapping (1997)
Gould’s Book of Fish: A Novel in Twelve Fish (2001)*
The Unknown Terrorist (2006)
Wanting (2008)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North (2013)*
First Person (2017)

Jane Gardam (British, 1928-)
Bilgewater (1977)*
God on the Rocks (1978)
Crusoe’s Daughter (1985)
The Queen of the Tambourine (1991)
Black Woolly Pony (1993)
Faith Fox (1996)
The Flight of the Maidens (2000)
Old Filth (2004)
The Man in the Wooden Hat (2009)
Last Friends (2013)

Kate Grenville (Australian, 1950- )
Lilian’s Story (1985)
Dreamhouse (1986)
Joan Makes History: A Novel (1988)
Dark Places (1994)
The Idea of Perfection (1999)
The Secret River (2005)
The Lieutenant (2008)
Sarah Thornhill (2011)
One Life: My Mother’s Story (2015)
The Case Against Fragrance (2017)

Kent Haruf (American, 1943-2015)
The Tie That Binds (1984)
Where You Once Belonged (1990)
Plainsong (1999)
Eventide (2004)
Benediction (2013)
Our Souls at Night (2015)

MJ Hyland (British, 1968- )
How the Light Gets In (2004)
Carry Me Down (2006)
This is How (2009)

Jennifer Johnston (Irish, 1930- )
The Captains and the Kings (1972)
The Gates (1973)
How Many Miles to Babylon? (1974)
Shadows on Our Skin (1977)
The Old Jest (1979)
The Christmas Tree (1981)
The Railway Station Man (1985)
Fool’s Sanctuary (1988)
The Invisible Worm (1992)
The Illusionist (1995)
Two Moons (1998)
The Gingerbread Woman (2000)
This is not a Novel (2002)
Grace and Truth (2005)
Foolish Mortals (2007)
Truth or Fiction (2009)
Shadowstory (2011)
A Sixpenny Song (2013)
Naming the Stars (2015)

Deirdre Madden (Irish, 1960- )
Hidden Symptoms (1986)
The Birds of the Innocent Wood (1988)
Remembering Light and Stone (1993)
Nothing Is Black (1994)
One by One in the Darkness (1996)
Authenticity (2002)
Snake’s Elbows (2005)
Thanks for Telling Me, Emily (2007)
Molly Fox’s Birthday (2008)
Time Present and Time Past (2013)
Remembering Light and Stone (2014)

John McGahern (Irish, 1934-2005)
The Barracks (1963)
The Dark (1965)
The Leavetaking (1975)
The Pornographer (1980)
Amongst Women (1990)
That They May Face the Rising Sun (2001)
Memoir (2005; Non-fiction)

Alex Miller (Australian, 1936- )
Watching the Climbers on the Mountain (1988)
The Tivington Nott (1989)
The Ancestor Game (1992)
The Sitters (1995)
Conditions of Faith (2000)
Journey to the Stone Country (2002)
Prochownik’s Dream (2005)
Landscape of Farewell (2007)
Lovesong (2009)
Autumn Laing (2011)
Coal Creek (2014)
The Passage of Love (2018)

Magnus Mills (English, 1954- )
The Restraint of Beasts (1998)
All Quiet on the Orient Express (1999)
Three to See the King (2001)
The Scheme for Full Employment (2003)
Explorers of the New Century (2005)
The Maintenance of Headway (2009)
A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In (2011)
The Field of the Cloth of Gold (2015)
The Forensic Records Society (2017)

Chuck Palahniuk (American, 1961- )
Fight Club (1996)
Survivor (1999)
Invisible Monsters (1999)
Choke (2001)
Lullaby (2002)
Diary (2003)
Haunted (2005)
Rant (2007)
Snuff (2008)
Pygmy (2009)
Tell-All (2010)
Damned (2011)
Doomed (2013)
Beautiful You (2014)
Make Something Up (2015)

Elliot Perlman (Australian, 1964- )
Three Dollars (1998)
Seven Types of Ambiguity (2003)
The Street Sweeper (2012)*

Per Petterson (Norweigan, 1952- )
To Siberia (1996)
In the Wake (2000)
Out Stealing Horses (2003)
I Curse the River of Time (2008)
It’s Fine By Me (2011)
Ashes in my Mouth, Sand in my Shoes (2013)
I Refuse (2014)
Echoland (2016)

Jean Rhys (Dominican, 1890-1976)
Quartet (1929)
After Leaving Mr. Mackenzie (1931)
Voyage in the Dark (1934)
Good Morning, Midnight (1939)
Wide Sargasso Sea (1966)

Anita Shreve (American, 1946- )
Eden Close (1989)
Strange Fits of Passion (1991)
Where or When (1993)
Resistance (1995)
The Weight of Water (1997)
The Pilot’s Wife (1998)
Fortune’s Rocks (1999)
The Last Time They Met (2001)
Sea Glass (2002)
All He Ever Wanted (2003)
Light on Snow (2004)
A Wedding In December (2005)
Body Surfing (2007)
Testimony (2008)
A Change in Altitude (2009)
Rescue (2010)
Stella Bain (2013)
The Stars are Fire (2017)

Randolph Stow (Australian, 1935-2010)
A Haunted Land (1956)
The Bystander (1957)
To the Islands (1958, revised in 1982)
Tourmaline (1963)
The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea (1965)
Visitants (1979)
The Girl Green as Elderflower (1980)
The Suburbs of Hell (1984)*

Salley Vickers (English, 1948- )
Miss Garnet’s Angel (2000)
Instances of the Number 3 (2001)
Mr Golightly’s Holiday (2003)
The Other Side of You (2006)
Where Three Roads Meet (2007)
Dancing Backwards (2009)
The Cleaner of Chartres (2012)
Cousins (2016)

Charlotte Wood (Australian, 1965- )
Pieces of a Girl (1999)
The Submerged Cathedral (2004)
The Children (2007)
Animal People (2011)
The Natural Way of Things (2015)

* Read, but not reviewed on the blog.

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8 thoughts on “My favourite authors

  1. LOL, I reckon I could have predicted some of these, and that’s because I’ve discovered these authors through your reviews, thankyou:)
    We have a few in common (all the Aussie ones) but also John McGahern and Jane Gardam. I’ve never got round to reading Magnus Mills, I must do that soon.

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    • Well, you’ve probably seen this page before, Lisa. It used to be on the old blog but when I moved it a year ago all the links broke and I didn’t have the stamina to go in and fix them all by hand…until now.

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