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After very careful deliberation I have come up with this list. 



In order of birth.


i have written the dates from memory so some may be a little wrong but I apologise for this. 


Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Jack London (1876-1916)

Mervyn Peake (1911-1968)

William Golding (1911-1992)

Brian Aldiss (1925-2017)

J.G. Ballard (1930-2007)

Ramsey Campbell (1946-?)

Octavia Butler (1947-2005)

Neil Gaiman (1960-?)

China Miéville (1972-?)


These authors really speak to me deeply and I treasure their stories. This is based on their overall body of work. I very nearly swapped out Emily for Oscar Wilde because her output is so low but she is too talented for me to leave off. 


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The first that came to mind are: 


Charlotte Bronté

Emily Bronté

Charles Dickens


Graham Greene

Michael Bulgakov

Alexander Dumas

Daphne du Maurier

John Steinbeck

Oscar Wilde

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2.Frederic Beigbeder (Oona and Salinger - good relationship book)

3. Ray Bradbury

4. Albert Camus

5. Andrew Carnegie

6.Arthur Conan Doyle

7. Émile Zola

8. F. Scott Fitzgerald

9.Gabriel Garcia Marquez

10.George Orwell


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in no particular order:

Kate Atkinson

Anne Tyler

Georgette Heyer

Jasper fforde

E H Benson

Sharon Bolton

Anne Bishop

Jane Austen

Jennifer Crusie

Colm Toibin


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1) Ernest Hemingway. Old Man and the Sea, In Our Time. Hemingway is arguably the most talented author in American History.
2) Tobias Wolff. Bullet in the Brain. Bullet in the Brain is a truly novel piece. The story, about 10 pages long, takes place during a bank robbery. It makes numerous allusions to robberies in other stories, satirizing their use of melodrama.
3) Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Jabberwock, the Hunting of the Snark. Carroll was a pioneer in the art of non-sense poetry. While the merit of such writing is very subjective, it is worth a look. 
4) John Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men was also made into a great film, starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. 
5) George Orwell. 1984, Animal Farm. Orwell wrote relatively short works, that were not as much novels as critiques of the world around him. Animal Farm is perhaps one of the most famous instances of modern allegory, in which Orwell portrays the rise and collapse of the Soviet Union on an animal farm. 
6) Jack London. White Fang, Sea Wolf. Someone already mentioned London, and they are very right. However, I would say Sea Wolf was London's best work.
7) Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man is Hard to Find.
8) Michael Crichton. Jurassic Park, Sphere, Prey. Crichton is perhaps the great sci-fi writer of our time.
9) Jared Diamond. Collapse, Guns Germs and Steel. Diamond is a professor at UCLA where he teaches Anthropology and Geography. 
10) JD Salinger. Catcher in the Rye. I would put Catcher in the Rye higher, but it is the only work of Salinger's I am familiar with so Salinger suffers. However, it is a true masterpiece and captures the heart of adolescences.

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I love a list. Today it would be:


JRR Tolkien

Scott Mariani

Damien Boyd

LJ Ross

Alastair MacLean

Jack Higgins

Frederick Forsyth

Ian Rankin

Arthur Conan Doyle

Martin Cruz Smith


But it may well be totally different if you asked me tomorrow!

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:sign0144:  Tough one! I'm not a completist so I haven't read all of their works. But I've read enough to love these authors: 


1. Vladimir Nabokov

2. Jose Rizal

3. Chinua Achebe

4. Milan Kundera

5. John Steinbeck

6. Kazuo Ishiguro

7. Junot Diaz

8. John Steinbeck

9. Guy de Maupassant

10. Haruki Murakami

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My favourite mystery authors are Robert A Heinlein and RL Stine.


My favourite classic authors are Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll.


But my favourite author of all times is myself.

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Hello everyone! Nice to be here! What a great thread, by the way....


Top 10 Authors...I've got an eclectic mix of non-fiction, literary and pulp fiction on my shelves, so here goes...


Viktor Frankl

Ernest Hemingway (particularly loved A Moveable Feast - made me want to live in Paris!)

Victor Hugo

Lee Child

Michael Connelly

Patricia Highsmith

Shakespeare (does he count for this list or does it have to be novelists??)

John Grisham

Tony Hillerman

Jane Austen




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