I am tempted not to do another post, remember most of these posts are scheduled, and to leave my review of Catherine Hall’s ‘The Proof of Love’ as as the latest post for ages because I am so desperate to get you all to read the book, but at the same time it has brought up a question that I thought I would ask as a smallish post, before reminding you again that really you need to read ‘The Proof of Love’. Are any of you picking up any subliminal messages yet?
Anyway, I was thinking about this book and the ‘Fiction Uncovered’ initiative and wondered where you all find those books that take you by surprise, those hidden gem books? I am talking about those books you randomly find or hear about that don’t feature in the broadsheets or in TV/radio book clubs etc. Not to be confused with forgotten classics by the way. In fact that puts it best, where do you find lost/under the radar modern fiction?
I include myself in the above rather naughtily. I know I am likely to stick to certain genres and well known (to me) authors, and am more likely to try other well known (to bloggers and broadsheets) authors – I have an Ali Smith review scheduled for tomorrow and you can see I am reading both Alan Hollinghurst and Edward St Aubyn at the moment there ——-> the first an author I know I like a lot, the second I have heard lots about from bloggers et al. Neither of these need further publicity do they? Or should that not be the point, aren’t they well known for writing so well? Should I not be trying to discover more unknown modern novels to share with you all? I’m not getting all naval gazing, but its making me think a lot.
‘The Proof of Love’ has highlighted all those authors, on their second, third, fifth or tenth books yet not household names, that I am sure I am missing out on (it can lead to a headache thinking like that) and how I could find more? So I thought I would ask all of you where you hear of yours, and even better share the books that have been brilliant reads and yet have fallen somewhat under the radar. What can you suggest, both the books that I should have read but might not have and where you find these delights?