Monday, 9 October 2017

The Book Of Forgotten Authors Book Review

The Book Of Forgotten Authors Book Review

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.


  • The Book Of Forgotten Authors
  • by Christopher Fowler

  • Publisher: riverrun (5 Oct. 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1786484897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786484895
  • Rating: 5/5

Review

Non fiction is not a favourite genre of mine and until now I haven't hit publish on a single book review of a non fiction book. Until now. I saw an ad on social media which merely consisted of the title and front cover, and from there I knew I wanted to read this book. I judged it by it's cover which is super bad but I'm so glad I did.

The Book Of Forgotten Authors is exactly that. A host of authors who for some reason were largely overlooked or forgotten as time passed. There's authors featured from various genres, my favourite being the crime authors. The fact I've never heard of many of the authors just goes to show that many authors really are forgotten. 

If, like me, you are not a fan of non fiction you may also be surprised at how easy this book is to read. I usually find non fiction reads to be a monotone and lifeless existence which I really don't enjoy. But with The Book Of Forgotten Authors I laughed twice on the first page. Out loud too.

Christopher Fowler has written this book in such a way that it doesn't feel too much like a textbook. The chapters are very short but full of useful tidbits and anecdotes. The lighthearted writing style of The Book Of Forgotten Authors suits the book well and makes learning incredibly easy. I really feel that I have taken a huge amount from this book. 

Without a second thought I find it impeccably easy to award this book a full 5 stars. I can't fault it anyway and am hoping that Fowler will write another book, which will perhaps create a series spouting from this genius publication.
 
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