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Top 25 English Authors Since 1970

TOP 75 MUST READ ENGLISH WRITERS!
PART 1/3 - 1970-2009
Hello everyone and welcome to my first of three English book recommendation lists. I’ve split the 75 writers into three posts to not overload you and what a relief that I don’t have to attempt my own foreign translations with these! I’m beginning at the end as this post features the 25 best English literary writers from 1970 to 2009, forty years of English gold.

You may not notice your favourite English authors here but let me know them! I don’t like to repeat authors in my ‘top writers of the world’ series so some may be included in other posts of mine but rather than classify them as literary, like these are, I may have chosen to put them define them by genre. You can check out my other recommendations by clicking here.



TOP 5 ENGLISH HISTORICAL NOVELS!
1.         Paul Doherty - Satan in St. Mary’s - 1986
This historical mystery features Edward I and the legacy of Simon de Montfort.


2.         Jim Crace - The Gift of Stones - 1988
Set in the Stone Age, this novel deals with the transition to a new age.  


3.         Sebastian Faulks - The Girl at the Lion d’Or - 1989
Set in France between WW1 & 2, a woman looks to escape her past and begins an affair with a veteran.


4.         Stephen Fry - Making History - 1996
This novel by a national treasure answers the question ‘what if Hitler wasn’t born?’


5.         Rebecca Hunt - Mr. Chartwell - 2009
Following Winton Churchill’s depression, what he called his black dog.



TOP 5 ENGLISH COMEDY NOVELS!
1.         Penelope Fitzgerald - The Golden Child - 1977
A comedic and cryptic mystery set in a London museum.


2.         William Boyd - A Good Man in Africa - 1981
This comic novel follows a bumbling British low ranking official as his life in Africa begins to go very wrong.


3.         Louis de Bernieres - The War of Don Emmanuels Nether Parts - 1990
Set in South America, a woman attempts to fill her pool by rerouting a river with comic consequences.


4.         Will Self - Cock & Bull - 1992
This satire tells the stories of a woman who grows a penis and a man who grows a vagina.


5.         Jonathon Coe - What a Carve Up! - 1994
A political satire dealing with 80’s England that follows a wealthy family.



TOP 5 ENGLISH DRAMA NOVELS!
1.         Anita Brookner - The Debut - 1981
While avoiding her crazy parents, a woman drifts into a fantasy world of books until a doctor is certain novels have ruined her mind and must get a fresh break.  


2.         Philippa Gregory - Wideacre - 1987
A woman in Georgian England doesn’t want to lose her family name when married and will do anything to get her way.


3.         Sophie Hannah - The Superpower of Love - 2002
A philosopher leaves his partner for an heiress before his friend attempts to reunite him and his ex.


4.         David Nicholls - Starter for Ten - 2003
A working class boy falls in love with an upper class girl while living his dream of entering the game-show ‘University Challenge’.


5.         Chris Cleave - Incendiary - 2005
A woman deals with the loss of her husband and son after a suicide bomber sets off an explosion at a football match.



TOP 5 EXOTIC ENGLISH NOVELS!
1. Ian McEwan - The Cement Garden - 1978
After the death of both their parents, four siblings attempt to live life alone after hiding their mother’s body in the basement. Expect a heavy shocking ending.   


2. Graham Swift - The Sweet Shop Owner - 1980
This book covers day in the life a sweetshop owner whose wife allowed him to have a daughter as long as he expressed no love for her.


3. Pat Barker - Union Street - 1982
The female population of a London street stricken in poverty are the focus of this novel dealing with rape, pregnancy, and prostitution.


4. Alan Hollinghurst - The Swimming-Pool Library - 1989
This dark erotic novel follows the lives of two friends; a Lord looking for someone to write his life story, and a gay young aristocrat.


5. Alex Garland - The Beach - 1996
After discovering a utopian island, a man learns that civilisation is hard to maintain.



TOP 5 ENGLISH COMING-OF-AGE NOVELS!
1. Julian Barnes - Metroland - 1980
A comic bildungsroman set in London dealing with sell outs.


2. Hanif Kureishi - The Buddha of Suburbia - 1990
This comic bildungsroman set in London follows the son of an Indian father and English mother as he enters a rock and roll world after his father becomes the Buddha of Suburbia.


3. Nick Hornby - Fever Pitch - 1992
Any football fan will love this hilarious autobiographic tale of a man’s lifelong obsession with the beautiful game.


4. Mark Haddon - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - 2003
An autistic boy finds a dead dog and sets about discovering the killer.


5. Geraint Anderson - Cityboy - 2004
A novelisation accounting the shady world of modern finance set in London.




7SS STAR PICK - THE WAR OF DON EMMANUEL’S NETHER PARTS

Happy Reading!









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