Friday Finds | 8th – 15th September

FRIDAY FINDS (1)

I’ve added two books to my GR to-read shelf over the past week. Both books are something a little different to the normal novels I read too… I’m branching out!

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Synopsis: A young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl proposes a deal: $10,000 for Kehlmann to ghost write his memoir in six weeks.

But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him—his life, his future. Everything that was certain grows uncertain as he begins to wonder: who is Seigfried Heidl—and who is Kif Kehlmann?

 

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I’m lucky enough to be receiving an ARC of this chilling sounding literary fiction.

I’m really looking forward to this book, as it’s something a bit different. I know it’s not going to be the fast paced thriller I’m used to, but I quite like the thought of that lol.

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Synopsis: Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you’re dead.

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.

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I haven’t read a non-fiction book that wasn’t about some sort of crime in a long ol’ time… if ever… but when I saw this one, I thought it sounded super interesting!

I don’t really have a lot of knowledge on literature so I’d like to get some, especially if it’s a bit more obscure, like I’m hoping this book will offer.

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So there you have it, those are the books I’ve added to my TBR this week!

Let me know what books you’ve discovered this week!

22 thoughts on “Friday Finds | 8th – 15th September

  1. It’s good to branch out sometimes. I made 2017 my year to ‘branch out’ and I’ve discovered so many genres and authors that I never dreamed I would become a fan of! These books sound awesome. I hope you enjoy them when you get round to them!

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      1. It does! Partly, I think, because the summary is so catchy. It’s really an interesting idea, and it makes me look at today’s authors and wonder which of them will stand the test of time.

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      2. There are definitely a few whose names will go down in history (Stephen King and JK Rowling I’m looking at you) but I’m sure there are other great writers who will be forgotten about soon enough

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      3. Very true! And in at least some cases they won’t be forgotten because of any lack on their part, but just because of cultural changes. I look back now on some of the “classic” authors whose works are fading even just between my parents’ generation and mine, and in so many cases it has to do with cultural norms that have changed since the time the books were written.

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  2. “The Book of Forgotten Authors” seems very very interesting! Thanks a lot for sharing it with us!
    This week I’ve added on my TBR list some books written by Australian writers. I recently realized that I want to experience reading books from different parts of the world, and I decided to start with the land Down Under 🙂 I wrote a blog post about the six books I chose, if you’re interested to check it out.
    https://readershightea.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/books-written-by-australian-writers-im-going-to-read-follow-up-post/

    Have a nice weekend!

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