BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE - GENERAL THREAD
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January - SUSAN HILL & BARRY UNSWORTH January thread : https://www.librarything.com/topic/211144
February : Agatha Christie & William Dalrymple February thread : http://www.librarything.com/topic/218471
March : Ali Smith & Thomas Hardy - March thread : https://www.librarything.com/topic/219825
April : George Eliot & Hanif Kureishi
May : Jane Gardam & Robert Goddard
June : Lady Antonia Fraser & Joseph Conrad
July : Bernice Rubens & H.G. Wells
August : Diana Wynne-Jones & Ian McEwan
September : Doris Lessing & Laurie Lee
October : Kate Atkinson & William Golding
November : Rebecca West & Len Deighton
December : WEST YORKSHIRE writers
Wildcard : Rumer Godden and George Orwell
Haven't planned anything yet, but I don't want to miss one word of the discussion!
I've decided to only read books from my TBR collection for the various challenges, so my first book will be How to Be Both by Ali Smith in March.
I'm doing the same thing that Darryl is doing, but I have a January selection - The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill, which has been in the stacks since 2012.
This challenge looks very intriguing - and I will definitely take some inspiration for my reading year from it!
>7 LoisB: Wonderful, wonderful book! Morality Play was my first book by Unsworth, and it made me a dedicated fan. I sent a copy to my mother in France as soon as I finished it. Hope you enjoy it too!
Paul, as you might know by now, although I haven't managed to squeeze in every single one of the authors in 2015 (still, 21 out of 24 isn't too shabby, and I'll certainly fit in China Mieville, Martin Amis and The Long Song by Andrea Levy at some point), I'm quite dedicated to your challenge, seeing as an even 50% of my home library is composed of British authors (exactly 1,616 out of 3,174 at present, as devotedly updated and tagged in my LT catalogue*). So yes, this challenge is perfect for me. Like others, I try to read mostly from my all too vast tbr, but couldn't resist making several additions to said collection:
I'm the King of the Castle by Susan Hill
From The Holy Mountain William Dalrymple
The Ways of the World by Robert Goddard
Cider with Rosie Laurie Lee
The Spire by William Golding
Berlin Game by Len Deighton
were all purchased late 2015 expressly for your challenge, and I'll be borrowing the following from the local library:
How to Be Both by Ali Smith
The Buddha of Suburbia Hanif Kureishi
The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam
That of course is not counting all the other books on my tbr. I've planned to join in with 22 out of 24 authors in 2016. Now let's see how I manage!
I thought you'd appreciate the lists and stats, you being you. :-)
Looking forward to another glorious BAC!
* As compared to 22.5% of American Literature and a shamefully measly, barely 3% of Canadian Literature!
Thanks for setting this up, Paul. I'll be stopping by from time to time to see what people are reading.
I'm excited to try this challenge once again. Since I own most of these authors, it should be a little easier for me than last year. In theory, at least. ;)
Great to see so many already lining up books for January and beyond. Special mention to Ilana who may be making a play for my role as group statistician!
Barry Unsworth has turned up at the library (well, his book has) but Susan Hill is proving more elusive. Hope to get this read this week.
I finished reading The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill. Do we have a January BAC author thread for posting comments on?
As requested the January thread for Ms. Hill and Mr. Unsworth is up:
Sorry to be such a laggard but the new year in England is something I am no longer used to!
I only have a handful of TBRs on hand for this years authors so I'll be joining in here and there. I'll keep my eyes open when I hit the next library book sale for a few more but one of my goals this year is to really work on what I have and not add to the pile! I do have a few Rumer Goddens tho and will gladly tackle those. Does "West Yorkshire" include the Bronte sisters?
I picked up Hill's The Bird of Night this afternoon, and intend to immerse myself in it.
>22 RBeffa: Yes Ron - the sisters were from Thornton near Bradford in West Yorkshire.
>26 RBeffa: Thanks Paul. I recently picked up an old Penguin classic by Anne Bronte (the sister I've never read). The Tenant of Wildfell Hall I couldn't resist it when I opened the book and inside the cover was a sticker which says: "Bought at Jane Austen's House, Chawton, Hampshire" I passed it on to my daughter but can always borrow it back!
>26 RBeffa: Great story, Ron. Curious are the ways and adventures of certain books.
Just looking for the February thread... I have a collection of Miss Marple short stories in my hand.
Linda the thread for February is now up, sorry for slacking:
>33 HelenBaker: Very gratifying indeed to see that you have struggled on with the challenge Helen even without finding the challenge threads.
I've not seen this before, I'm tackling my tbr pile so I'll only read books I already have but I think that covers over half of these names.
EDIT I assumed that this was a list for 2017 - I thought I was in a different group - but I'll be back to see if you do this in 2017.
I've finished my BAC for this year
The Vows of Silence by Susan Hill read in German (2016-01-03)
Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth (2016-01-19)
Nine Lives by William Dalrymple (2016-02-14)
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (2016-02-15)
Tess of The Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (2016-02-25)
There But For The by Ali Smith (2016-03-03)
Middlemarch by George Eliot (2016-02-29)
Something To Tell You by Hanif Kureishi (2016-03-09)
Old Filth by Jane Gardam (2016-06-18)
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad (2016-06-02)
Time Machine by H. G. Wells (2016-07-04)
Atonement by Ian McEwan (2016-07-25)
London Observed by Doris Lessing (2016-08-01)
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson (2016-08-20)
Gallows View by Peter Robinson (2016-12-04)
I've just been reviewing the books I've read this year and discovered that I've completed this year's challenge, although I'm sure I'll squeeze in a few more titles.
The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read and Other Stories
The Mist in the Mirror
The Small Hand
The Woman in Black
Howards End Is on the Landing
Strange Meeting (so good)
Agatha Christie (yuck!)
Murder at Hazelmoor
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
City of Djinns
Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis
Thomas Hardy (snore)
Wessex Poems and Other Verses
The Mayor of Casterbridge
The Buddha of Suburbia
Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer
The Elected Member
The War of the Worlds
The Island of Dr. Moreau
Diana Wynn Jones (love her)
A Tale of Time City
On Chesil Beach
The Fifth Child
Cider with Rosie
A Rose for Winter
The Return of the Soldier (packs a hell of a punch)
The Ipcress File
West Yorkshire Writers
The Iron Giant
Swallows and Amazons
The Peacock Spring
Homage to Catalonia (a must read for fans of Animal Farm and 1984)
>46 BekkaJo: Here's the list for next year, from Paul's current thread
BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE (2017)
JANUARY : IRISH BRITONS - ELIZABETH BOWEN & BRIAN MOORE
FEBRUARY : SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY - MARY STEWART & TERRY PRATCHETT
MARCH : A DECADE OF BRITISH NOVELS : The 1960s - 10 Novels by Men; 10 Novels by Women
APRIL: SOUTH YORKSHIRE AUTHORS : AS BYATT & BRUCE CHATWIN
MAY : BEFORE QUEEN VIC : 10 Novels written prior to 1837
JUNE : THE HISTORIANS (Historical Fiction / Historians) GEORGETTE HEYER & SIMON SCHAMA
JULY : SCOTTISH AUTHORS : D.E. STEVENSON and R.L. STEVENSON
AUGUST : BRITAIN BETWEEN THE WARS (Writers active 1918-1939) WINIFRED HOLTBY & ROBERT GRAVES
SEPTEMBER : THE NEW MILLENNIUM (Great Books Since 2000) A novel chosen from each year of the new century
OCTOBER : WELSH AUTHORS (Born in or associated with Wales) : JO WALTON & ROALD DAHL
NOVEMBER : POET LAUREATES : British laureates, children's laureate, National Poets
DECEMBER : WILDCARD (Chosen via a vote) : ELIZABETH GASKELL & NEIL GAIMAN
Thank you :) I'm sort of picking up from the end of threads and couldn't find it!
LOL! "...some completist tendencies"?!
Great job, Amanda! Both authors for every month - wow! I counted myself lucky to just read ONE author per month.
>49 countrylife: I'm lucky enough to have a lot of free time and access to surprisingly well-stocked public library.
Just actually perused that slightly more closely - on the non named months are you actually reading 20 in March, 10 in May and 16 in September? I should go search out the previous discussion but I'm being lazy :)
>52 BekkaJo: I'm sure we're not meant to read that many books in those months, Bekka, but it would be good if we could have a bit of clarification here from the Sponsor!
Countrylife's BRITISH AUTHORS Challenge 2016
I've finally completed my plan of reading one of each month’s selected authors, although my September book didn't get done until December, my challenge is now complete.
January: SUSAN HILL or BARRY UNSWORTH
..... The Pure in Heart, Susan Hill (4) - 1/4
..... The Risk of Darkness, Susan Hill (4) - 1/9
..... The Ruby in Her Navel, Barry Unsworth (4.5) - 1/21
February: AGATHA CHRISTIE or WILLIAM DALRYMPLE
..... Parker Pyne Investigates, Agatha Christie (3) - 2/10
March: ALI SMITH or THOMAS HARDY
..... The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy (4) - 3/6
April: GEORGE ELIOT or HANIF KUREISHI
..... Adam Bede, George Eliot (5) - 4/5
May: JANE GARDAM or ROBERT GODDARD
..... Old Filth, Jane Gardam (4) - 5/26
June: LADY ANTONIA FRASER or JOSEPH CONRAD
..... Typhoon, Joseph Conrad (3) - 6/1
July: BERNICE RUBENS or H.G. WELLS
..... The Island of Dr. Moreau, H.G. Wells (3) - 7/15
August: DIANA WYNNE JONES or IAN McEWAN
..... Atonement, Ian McEwan (3.5) - 8/1
September: DORIS LESSING or LAURIE LEE
..... As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, Laurie Lee (3.5) - 12/21
October: KATE ATKINSON or WILLIAM GOLDING
..... Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (3.5) - 10/20
November: REBECCA WEST or LEN DEIGHTON
..... The Return of the Soldier, Rebecca West (5) - 11/9
December: West Yorkshire authors
..... Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding (3) - 12/8
3.79 average. The highest average rating for the books I read of the three author challenges in which I participated.
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