I have always been intrigued with novels that impress novelists – what makes an author go ‘wow’? Here are some authors and their favourite novels of all time..
Horror legend Stephen King takes to Twitter with his recommendations for novels to read. He mentions ‘Red Moon’ by Benjamin Percy, ‘Dominion’ by C.J Sansom and Alex Marwoods ‘The Killer Next Door’.
Thriller writer Jeffery Deaver named many books that he loves including Lord of the Rings, From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming (James Bond), The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and The French Lieutenants Woman by John Fowles – to name a few.
JD Salinger’s favourite novel is The Landsmen by Peter Martin
Out of his own novels Charles Dickens claimed that his finest work was ‘David Copperfield’ and is regarded by many to be just that. The novel was largely based on autobiographical aspects of his own character.
Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie says that ‘The Master and Margarita’ by Mikhail Bulgakov, is one of his favourite novels. The Devil comes to Moscow and, of course, makes trouble, accompanied by a cat shooting six-guns and an associate who disappears when he turns sideways. But Satan also helps the Master, a tortured writer, recover a manuscript he’d written and burned. One of the greatest Russian novels. Stalin didn’t like it.
Harper Lee wrote in a letter to Oprah Winfrey… “Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books. Instant information is not for me. I prefer to search library stacks because when I work to learn something, I remember it. And, Oprah, can you imagine curling up in bed to read a computer? Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up — some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.”
Crime giant James Paterson finds ‘Silkworm’ by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a JK Rowling) to be one of his favourite novels of 2014. Lee Child’s ‘Personal’ also gets the nod.