WIN a copy of J by Howard Jacobson!

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWe have TWO copies of the new Man-Booker-longlisted novel J by Howard Jacobson to give away! To be in to win, just answer the following question correctly:

In what year did Howard Jacobson win the Man Booker prize for his novel The Finkler Question?

To enter, email your answer along with your library card number to enquiries@wcl.govt.nz . Please also include your preferred library branch to pick up your prize from, if you should win!

You must be a Wellington City Libraries member to enter the competition. Winners will be drawn at 5pm on September 19th, 2014.

In the meantime, you can check out Howard Jacobson’s back catalogue in the WCL collection here.

J: Set in the future, a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying. Two people fall in love, not yet knowing where they have come from or where they are going. Kevern doesn’t know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a world starting with a J. It wasn’t then, and isn’t now, the time or place to be asking questions. Ailinn too has grown up in the dark about who she was or where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn’t ask who hurt her. Brutality has grown commonplace. They aren’t sure if they have fallen in love of their own accord, or whether they’ve been pushed into each other’s arms. But who would have pushed them, and why? Hanging over the lives of all the characters in this novel is a momentous catastrophe – a past event shrouded in suspicion, denial and apology, now referred to as What Happened, If It Happened. J is a novel to be talked about in the same breath as Nineteen Eighty Four and Brave New World, thought provoking and life changing. (Syndetics summary)

Thank you to Random House for supplying us with these books!

IMPAC Dublin Award winner announced

The Sound of Things Falling - library catalogueThe 2014 IMPAC Dublin Award, the international prize for fiction, has been awarded to Columbian writer, Juan Gabriel Vasquez for his novel titled The Sound of Things Falling, a literary thriller.

Born in Bogota, Colombia in 1973 he originally studied law, then Latin American Literature at the Sorbonne. He has worked as a translator and journalist, and his first novel, The Informers was published in 2009, the second The Secret History of Costaguana in 2011. These including his third and winning novel were all translated by Anne Mclean, who will receive €25,000 from the €100,000 prize

Romantic suspense author Mary Stewart dies

Syndetics book coverEnglish author Mary Stewart has died aged 97. Best known for her romantic suspense novels, the first, published in 1954, titled, Madama will you talk? became a best seller. Nineteen other novels followed, the last titled, Rose Cottage being published in 1997. She also published three children’s novels and a collection of poetry. Mainly writing romantic suspense novels, she did venture into fantasy, with the Merlin Trilogy, that began with The Crystal Cave, published in 1970, and ended with the fifth novel titled, The Prince and the Pilgrim, published in 1995.

Shortlist for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award announced

Syndetics book coverTen novels have been selected from the 152 nominations for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Award. One of the literary world’s largest annual awards, the nominations are made by 150 libraries from 39 countries. The winner will be announced on the 12th June 2014.
The short listed writers come from Holland, Australia, Bogota, Argentina, Norway, America, Malaysia, France and Ireland. A complete list of the nominations, nominating libraries, and the short list can be found at IMPAC Dublin Award, where some exciting new fiction is waiting to be discovered
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From the short list we highly recommend the Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker’s novel, The Detour, also published with the title, Ten White Geese, he previously won this award in 2010 for his novel, The Twin, and Irish writer Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart.

Death of a literary great: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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As a great fan of Colombian author, and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I was very sad to hear of his death earlier this month, aged 87. Garcia Marquez died of pneumonia on April 17 2014 in Mexico City, where he had lived for over thirty years.

Garcia Marquez was best known for his novels One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985), although he wrote a total of six novels, four novellas, five collections of short stories and seven non-fiction works. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on 8 December 1982, “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts”. Garcia Marquez was the first Colombian and only the fourth Latin American to win the award.

Garcia Marquez is recognised by many as being one of the literary greats. When first hearing of his hospitalisation, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos said his country was thinking of the author and said in a tweet “All of Colombia wishes a speedy recovery to the greatest of all time: Gabriel García Márquez”. Carlos Fuentes recognises him as “the most popular and perhaps the best writer in Spanish since Cervantes”.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has long been one of my favourite authors and here I’ve listed some of my personal favourites, if you would like to discover his writing for yourself:

Syndetics book coverMemories of my melancholy whores / Gabriel García Márquez ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.Memories of My Melancholy Whores
“Memories of My Melancholy Whores is a powerful novel about a man who, so far, has never felt love.
‘The year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin’.
On the eve of his ninetieth birthday a newspaper columnist in Colombia decides to give himself ‘a night of mad love with a virgin adolescent’. But on seeing this beautiful girl he falls deeply under her spell. His love for his ‘Delgadina’ causes him to recall all the women he has paid to perform acts of love. And so the columnist realises he must chronicle the life of his heart, to offer it freely to the world.” (abridged from amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverChronicle of a death foretold / Gabriel Garca Marquez ; translated from the Spanish by Gregory Rabassa.Chronicle of a Death Foretold
“Chronicle of a Death Foretold
is a compelling, moving story exploring injustice and mob hysteria by the Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.” (amazon.com)
 
Clandestine in Chile : the adventures of Miguel Littin / Gabriel Garcia Marquez ; translated by Asa Zatz.
“Miguel Littin, one of Chile’s most prominent film makers, was exiled 12 years ago by Pinochet and in 1985 he returned illegally in order to make a film. On completing the film he told the story to Marquez who writes it in the first person, putting himself in Littin’s shoes.” (amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverOf love and other demons / Gabriel Garcia Marquez ; translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.Of Love and Other Demons
“Compelling and unforgettable, this remarkable, bittersweet story of a doomed love affair set in the colonial era “demonstrates that one of the masters of the form is still working at the height of his powers” (The New York Times). Amid the lush, coastal tropics of a South American seaport, an unruly, co pper-haired girl and a bookish priest are caught in a chaste, ill-fated love affair.” (Syndetics summary)

I also highly recommend the movie based on Garcia Marquez’s famous work, Love in the Time of Cholera:

Love in the time of cholera [videorecording] / a Stone Village Pictures production in association with Grosvenor Park Media ; a film by Mike Newell.
“Florentino is a poetry-writing telegraph operator who lives in a Central American city. He spots the graceful Fermina while making his rounds, and finds himself in love. While Florentino’s mother encourages the courtship, Fermina’s father absolutely forbids it. Years pass, and the well-born Dr. Urbino treats Fermina for a case of cholera. When Urbino proposes, Fermina accepts. A distraught Florentino decides to wait. With the help of his uncle, he amasses wealth of his own. All the while, he drifts from woman to woman, never really finding what he is looking for in a woman. After five decades of waiting, he gets a second chance to win Fermina’s heart.” (Library catalogue)

Popular English author Sue Townsend dies

Syndetics book coverSue Townsend, the creator of most popular character Adrian Mole, has died aged 68 after many years of ill health. Her writing was a mix of social commentary and comedy, with her first ‘Adrian Mole’ novel, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ published in 1982, becoming an instant bestseller. Eight more Adrian Mole novels were to follow, developing the character into adulthood and eventually middle age, ending with Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years, published in 2009.
Through her writing career, she produced 6 other novels, 11 plays, and two books of non-fiction. Her last novel titled The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year was published in 2012.

Wellington author shortlisted for Arthur C Clarke Award

Syndetics book coverWellington based author Philip Mann, has been shortlist for the 2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction book of the year with his novel, The Disestablishment of Paradise: a novel in five parts plus documents.
From 121 nominations the judges’ selection of the final six did not include the new novels by Terry Pratchett, Margaret Attwood, or Kim Stanley Robinson, but included were three debut novelists.
Philip Mann has lived in New Zealand since 1969, retiring from the position of Professor of Drama at Victoria University in 1998. He is best known for his science fiction series, The Story of the Gardener, The Master of Paxwax published in 1986 and The Fall of the Families published in 1987.
The Disestablishment of Paradise is his first novel to be published since the four books in the series A Land Fit for Heroes, published from 1993 to 1996.
The winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award will be announced on 1st May 2014 in London.

George Saunders, winner of the newest Literary Prize

Syndetics book coverThe American writer George Saunders has become the first winner of the newest literary prize, the £40,000 British Folio Prize with his collection of short stories titled The Tenth of December.
The Folio Prize was founded by the managing director of literary agents, Aitken Alexander Associates, and is to reward literary achievement regardless of form, genre or the writer’s country of origin.
The final shortlist comprised of novels by Rachel Kushner (USA), The Flamethrowers, Kent Haruf (USA), Benediction, Eimear McBride (UK), A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, and Sergio de la Pava, (USA), A Naked Singularity.
Anne Carson (USA) also made the shortlist for her volume of poetry, titled Red Doc.

Come join our online book group on Goodreads – Wellington Reads!

Wellington Reads Goodreads groupWould you love to belong to a book group, but just don’t have the time? We’ve created a Goodreads group especially for Wellingtonians (or Wellingtonians at heart!), called “Wellington Reads“. This is an online group that (so far!) doesn’t meet in person, and we’d love to have you join!

If you’ve never heard of Goodreads before, you’re in for a treat. Goodreads is a social networking site (like facebook, but for books!), that lets you catalogue your own bookshelf, keep track of your reading, and follow and interact with your friends’ and favourite authors’ reading. It’s also a recommendation engine for what you might enjoy reading next — and it’s free! Head over and explore Goodreads site.

On Wellington Reads, we talk about favourite books and authors — from New Zealand, and around the world. We have a monthly challenge (our current one is nostalgia children’s fiction!), but usually no set book. Come share what you like to read, and find new reads and discover new authors!

Here’s what our members are reading in September

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Man Booker Prize 2013 shortlist announced

Syndetics book coverThe shortlist of six novels from the 151 submitted, of the Man Booker Prize 2013 has been announced. Eleanor Catton with her second novel, The Luminaries has been selected. She is the youngest writer ever shortlisted for this prize. She is joined on the list by Jim Crace, with The Harvest, Colm Toibin with The Testament of Mary, Ruth Ozeki with A Tale for the Time Being, Jhumpa Lahiri with The Lowland (on order now!), and NoViolet Bulawayo with We Need New Names.
This shortlist is the most diverse in many years, not only with the selected novels which range from historical New Zealand and England to modern day Zimbabwe and Japan, but also in the writers, from the prolific and experienced Colm Toibin and Jim Crace to the new and relatively unknown Eleanor Catton and NoViolet Bulawayo.
The winner will be announced in London on 15th October 2013.

Thriller fiction writer Elmore Leonard dies

Syndetics book coverThe popular American crime writer Elmore Leonard has died aged 87. He was born in New Orleans in 1925, after serving in the Navy during World War II, he graduated from the University of Detroit and began work as a copy writer with an advertising agency. Here he began his writing career firstly with short stories, with his first publication in 1951.He continued with short stories throughout his career, but moved onto writing Western novels, the first The Bounty Hunters being published in 1953. Through the years he went on to write crime and mystery novels, also screen plays. 19 movies and 7 television series have been adapted from Elmore Leonard’s short stories and novels, the best known are the crime-comedy Get Shorty, the western 3.10 to Yuma, adapted in 1957 and again in 2007, Hombre adapted in 1967 and The Big Bounce adapted in 1969 and again 2004. His last novel Raylan published in 2012 has been adapted, with several other Leonard works into the continuing television series Justified.

2013 New Zealand Post Book Award finalists announced

Syndetics book coverThe finalists in the New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced. In the Fiction Category, four novels have been selected by the panel of judges chaired by John Campbell. They are The Big Music by Kirsty Gunn, In the Absence of Heroes by Anthony McCarten, The Forrests by Emily Perkins and the debut novel by Wellington writer Gigi Fenster, titled The Intentions Book.
The winners for this and other categories will be announced in Auckland on 28th August.

2013 Man Booker Prize long list announced

Syndetics book coverSyndetics book coverThe long list for this year’s Man Booker Prize, the 45th year of the award, has been announced. Thirteen novels from experimental to traditional, historical to modern times, ranging from all parts of the world have been selected by the panel of judges. Harvest by Jim Crace and The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin are the only two writers who have previously been shortlisted in the past foe the prize. There are three, as yet unreleased novels on the long list, one being The Luminaries by Wellington writer Eleanor Catton (congratulations Eleanor from all our librarians, we’re all very excited for you!), who is also the youngest writer selected. The shortlist will be announced in September and the £50,000 prize will be awarded to the winner on 15th October.

Sir Julius Vogel Award winners

Syndetics book coverThe winners of the Sir Julius Vogel Award, New Zealand’s annual recognition for Science Fiction and Fantasy writing, were recently announced. The Best Youth Novel was awarded to Fredrik Brouneus for his novel, The Prince of Soul and the Lighthouse. The Best Collected Work was awarded to Matt and Debbie Cowens for their collection of short stories titled Mansfield with Monsters. They also received the Vogel Award for Best New Talent.

Wellington City Libraries were fortunate to host these writers and others in March at the Words on the Wind speculative fiction evening. Both winning novels were published by independent publishers Steam Press, who have recently published Joseph Edward Ryan’s The Factory World.

The Sir Julius Vogel Awards began in 1989 and were initially known as the New Zealand Science Fiction Fan Awards. Since 2002 several new professional award categories have been included, while still retaining some fan based awards, and they are now organised by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand with the awards being made annually at the New Zealand Science Fiction Convention.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala dies

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The well known fiction and screenplay writer Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died in New York aged 85 years. Born in Cologne to Polish Jewish parents, the family moved to Britain in 1939, where she received her education. In 1951 she married an Indian Parsi architect, and spent the next 64 years living in Delhi. Her first novel, To Whom She Will was published in 1955. Eleven more novels and eight collections of short stories would follow, all much acclaimed and most set in India. Her novel titled Heat and Dust, published in 1975, was the Booker Prize winner for that year. The same year she moved to New York, and began working with film makers Merchant and Ivory, as a screen writer, producing 23 screenplays, winning two Oscars for A Room with a View in 1985 and Howards End in 1992. Her last published fiction was My Nine Lives in 2004, although she completed two screenplays after with the last in 2008.

2012 Man Booker Prize winner announced

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Hilary Mantel has won the 2012 Man Booker Prize for her novel, Bring Up the Bodies, the second book in her historical trilogy on the life of Thomas Cromwell. Three years ago she won the same prize for Wolf Hall, the first book in the trilogy. Only two other writers have won the Man Booker Prize previously, they were Peter Carey and J M Coetzee. The judges agreed that this extraordinary novel will be read in decades to come, and that Hilary Mantel has excelled in re-defining historical fiction genre.

2012 Man Booker shortlist announced

The 2012 Man Booker shortlist has been announced. Six novels from the long list of twelve were selected by the judging panel to go forward for further judging to find the eventual winner, with the announcement being made on 16th October. Not surprisingly, last year’s winner, Hilary Mantel has made the shortlist with her sequel to Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies, along with Will Self for his novel titled Umbrella.

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2012 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel

The short list for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, established in 2010, has been announced. The four novels are:

Collecting Cooper Luther: the callingBy any means Bound, by Vanda Symon

The winner selected by the judging panel will receive a handcraft Trophy, a set of Ngaio Marsh novels and $1000, with the announcement and presentation on 1st September. Exciting!

2012 Eisner Award Winners

The winners of the 2012 Eisner Awards have been announced. These annual awards are given for 49 categories, from Best Writer to Best Publication Design, and include Best Webcomic, Best Cover Artist and Best New series. The Eisner Awards were established in 1988, and are named after the late writer and artist Will Eisner.

Syndetics book cover Syndetics book cover Best Artist/Writer was awarded to Craig Thompson for his graphic novel Habibi.
Best Limited Series was awarded to the graphic novel, Criminal: the Last of the Innocent.
Best Reality-Based Work was awarded to Green River Killer: A True Detective Story.
Mark Waid was awarded the Best Writer, Best Continuing Series and Best Single Issue for Irredeemable, Incorruptible (Boom) and Daredevil respectively.

Harry Harrison (1925-2012)

Syndetics book coverThe American science fiction writer Harry Harrison has died aged 87. A prolific writer, he began his literary career writing for American comics and Science Fiction Magazines. His first novel Deathworld was published in 1960, 58 novels were to follow, also 9 collections of short stories, plus novellas, and non-fiction works. He edited numerous Science Fiction anthologies, many with fellow writer Brian Aldiss. His most well know novels were, The Stainless Steel Rat, Bill, the Galactic Hero and Deathworld, all series. All these novels are satirical and witty. Harry Harrison, was a dedicated advocate for the international language Esperanto, and includes some in his early novels. His last novel titled, The Stainless Steel Rat Returns was published in 2010.

2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards Winners

The 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards winners have been announced.

Fiction winners included…

Syndetics book coverThe winner of the Fiction Category Award and $10,000 went to Paula Morris for her novel Rangatira, a brilliantly researched novel based on her own ancestor Paratene Te Manu’s visit to England in 1863. Paula Morris is a much accomplished writer; her work includes three other adult novels, two young adult novels and a collection of short stories.

Syndetics book coverThe People’s Choice Award and $5,000 went to Sue Orr for her collection of short stories titled, From Under the Overcoat This is her second published collection of short stories; the first, Etiquette for a dinner party, was published in 2008.

Non-fiction winners included…

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand’s native trees / John Dawson & Rob Lucas with Jane Connor ; contributions by Patrick Brownsey … [et al.].
“New Zealand’s native trees are truly remarkable. From the massive kauri-the third-largest tree in the world-the showy pohutukawa and rata, and the ubiquitous cabbage tree to rare and endangered species found only on offshore islands, our glorious and diverse trees deserve to be recognised, understood and celebrated. New Zealand’s Native Trees is a landmark book that describes and generously illustrates more than 250 species. Beginning with the magnificent conifers and iconic tree ferns, and giving full treatment to the numerous flowering species, including the distinctive southern beeches, the often-overlooked coprosmas and the curious tree daisies, this book is no once-over-lightly.” (Global Books)

Syndetics book coverTupaia : the remarkable story of Captain Cook’s Polynesian navigator / Joan Druett.
“Tupaia, lauded by Europeans as ‘an extraordinary genius’, sailed with Captain Cook from Tahiti, piloted the Endeavour about the South Pacific, and interceded with Maori in NZ. Tupaia, a gifted linguist, a brilliant orator, and a most devious politician, could aptly be called the Machiavelli of Tahiti. Being highly skilled in astronomy, navigation, and meteorology, and an expert in the geography of the Pacific, he was able to name directional stars and predict landfalls and weather throughout the voyage from Tahiti to Java. Though he had no previous knowledge of writing or mapmaking, Tupaia drew a chart of the Pacific that encompassed every major group in Polynesia and extended more than 4,000 kilometres from the Marquesas to Rotuma and Fiji. He was also the ship’s translator, able to communicate with all the Polynesian people they met.” (Global Books)

Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

Syndetics book coverGore Vidal, the American writer has died aged 86 years. A prolific writer, social and political commentator, he published his first novel titled Williwaw in 1946. Twenty-four novels followed, these included a series of American historical fiction. He was also an accomplished journalist, screenwriter and playwright, but was best known for his numerous essays. His last published fiction was a collection of short stories titled Clouds and Eclipses; this was a republication of a 1956 collection titled A Thirsty Evil, with one new story added.

I.M.P.A.C. Dublin Award winner announced

The winner of one of the major annual literary prizes, the International I.M.P.A.C. Dublin Literary Award for 2012, was announced recently. It was awarded to British author Jon McGregor for his novel, Even the Dogs.

Syndetics book coverAn experimental novel detailing the havoc of drug addiction, the distress and the disregard of the wider world this causes, it was selected from a shortlist of ten novels. Libraries around the world nominate the contenders for the award, with the winner being nominated by Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature, Moscow.
Even the Dogs is Jon McGregor’s third novel, his first, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, published in 2002, was nominated for the Mann Booker Prize, and went on to win The Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham award.

Dame Fiona Kidman to talk at the Central Library!

Syndetics book coverDame Fiona Kidman — author of 2012 New Zealand Post Book Awards fiction finalist The trouble with fire is set to talk next Saturday June 30th (afterhours!) at the Central Library, from 5.30 – 7.30 pm.

The Trouble With Fire was reviewed last year on National Radio — have a listen below!

The Trouble With Fire has also been shortlisted for the prestigious Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award (in 2012).

Register for our Fiction Grab!Dame Fiona is appearing as part of our Fiction Grab event — and as well as a wonderful talk to look forward to, if you come along to this event you’ll also have the opportunity to snap up a selection of brand new fiction before it makes its way out to our shelves, as well as a chance to take a tour behind the scenes of the library. Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is essential for this event — places are limited — so head over to our Registration Form and sign up now!

Fiction Genres: all you need to know

Did you know we add genre subject headings to the catalogue record of every new fiction item we receive? These genre subject headings are searchable — so if you enjoy one title in a genre, you can quickly find other titles in the same genre.

Listed below you’ll find all the subject headings/fiction genres we add — and we’ve also listed an example of an author for each one. Enjoy!

  1. Salt / Maurice GeeNew Zealand writers. Try Maurice Gee
  2. Maori writers. Try Patricia Grace
  3. Pacific Island writers. Try Celestine Hitiura Vaite
  4. Ethnic writers. Try Maaza Mengiste
  5. Indigenous peoples. Try Linda Hogan
  6. Family life and relationships. Try Rosamunde Pilcher
  7. Friendships. Try Nicola Moriarty
  8. Self discovery & fulfilment. Try Lauren Groff
  9. Gulf breeze / Gerri HillLesbian novels. Try Gerri Hill
  10. Gay novels. Try Greg Herren
  11. Women’s/Feminist. Try Marilyn French
  12. Generation X novels. Try Douglas Coupland
  13. Futuristic novels. Try Kevin Barry
  14. Modern urban suspense. Try Cory Doctorow
  15. Prize and award winners. Try Julian Barnes
  16. Classic novels. Try Charles Dickens
  17. Literary novels. Try Tom McCarthy
  18. Translated novels. Try Hans Koppel
  19. The night circus / Erin MorgensternDebut novelists. Try Erin Morgenstern
  20. Short story collections.
  21. Short stories – by one author. Try Tessa Hadley
  22. Science fiction and fantasy. Try Terry Pratchett
  23. Horror/ghosts/vampires. Try Dean Koontz
  24. Supernatural/Gothic. Try Kim Harrison
  25. Myths and folklore. Try Sam Meekings
  26. Murder mysteries. Try Agatha Christie
  27. Women detective writers (Feminist). Try Joyce Holms
  28. Suspense/thrillers. Try John Grisham
  29. Final detail / Harlan CobenPsychological thrillers. Try Harlan Coben
  30. Spy/Espionage. Try Daniel Silva
  31. Adventure stories. Try Clive Cussler
  32. Glamour and glitz. Try Penny Vincenzi
  33. War stories. Try Chris Ryan
  34. Sea Stories. Try Dewey Lambdin
  35. Westerns. Try J. T. Edson
  36. Historical romances. Try Mary Balogh
  37. Romances. Try Susan Lewis
  38. Romantic suspense. Try Linda Howard
  39. Historical novels. Try Conn Iggulden
  40. Animal stories. Try Spencer Quinn
  41. Double whammy / Carl HiaasenHumour/satire/black comedy. Try Carl Hiaasen
  42. Chick lit. Try Marian Keyes
  43. Lad’s lit. Try Mike Gayle
  44. Religious novels. Try Karen Kingsbury