So begins Christopher Fowler’s foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves.
Whether male or female, domestic or international, 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. And Fowler, as well as remembering their careers, lifts the lid on their lives, and why they often stopped writing or disappeared from the public eye.
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 us to 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.
What I Thought:
I adore books about books! And The Book of Forgotten Authors could definitely keep your TBR pile busy for the foreseeable future.
While reading the book, I was pleased to note that I had actually heard of a number of the authors, and on further reading, there were some books I’d heard of or film adaptations that I had had no idea of the author of – situation corrected!
I really like the way Christopher Fowler has gone about researching and presenting each author and their works in the book, as it works both as something to read and also as a great reference guide should you wish to go on and read any of the books – if they are still available. I’ve already added several to my Goodreads list and I’ve kept the book to hand for the next time I’m on a book-buying spree!
As non-fiction titles go, it’s remarkably easy to read, being set out in chapters of just the right size about an individual author, with sections about multiple authors of a certain genre. There is incredible warmth towards the forgotten authors, and some lovely anecdotes about Christopher Fowler’s own purchase of some of the titles he’s written about.
The Book of Forgotten Authors was published by riverrun on 5th October.
This post is part of a blog tour to support the release of The Book of Forgotten Authors, so please do check out some of the other fantastic blogs involved:
Please Note: I was sent a copy of this book for the purposes of review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.