ALOHA Fellow Book Lovers
Today I am coming to you with a British Authors and Literature Feature!
My inspiration for this post came from perusing my bookshelf and my realization that A LOT of my books are by American Authors, from there I decided I would like to do a post which celebrates British Authors and British Literature, I think this will be something different and also it gives me an opportunity to recommend some British Authors and Classic British Literature to you guys. Without further ado here are 10 British Authors you may or may not have read before!
First up we have the wonderful J.K Rowling, of course no British Authors list could exist without her gracing its presence. As I’m sure you will know J.K Rowling is the author of the Young Adult book series ‘Harry Potter’
Harry Potter is a series near and dear to my heart, there’s no other word for it but obsessed when it comes to my relationship with it. It’s a series that I think is perfect for any age and if you’re looking for a series to introduce you to the YA genre then I would definitely highly recommend this.
One of my favourite things about this series is the fact that it is set here in England with London being the main focal point. It makes me feel so close to this series and the world truly comes alive for me.
Anyone for a trip down to Diagon Alley?
“Whether you come back by page or by screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home”- J.K Rowling
Number 2 is basically directly linked to Number 1 because for those who may not know Robert Galbraith is in fact a pseudonym for J.K Rowling. I personally have currently read The Cuckoo’s Calling with The Silkworm and Career of Evil on my bookshelf waiting to be picked up. The Cuckoos Calling was the first crime novel I have ever picked up in an effort to expand my reading genres and I was pleasantly surprised to find it is a wonderful read which left me guessing till the very end.
Malorie Blackman is a name I constantly recommend yet I have yet to finish her book series. Noughts and Crosses belongs to the YA dystopian genre and is described brilliantly with ‘Two young people are forced to make a stand in this thought-provoking look at racism and prejudice in an alternate society’.I myself first picked up Noughts and Crosses a few years ago and I found it to be a hard read due to the strong racism subject matter but I persevered through the tears knowing some of the scenes or words spoken as I read the book were someone elses reality today. It is a book which truly engages you emotionally and will leave you questioning.
Jojo Moyes is a popular author of numerous books however she is most notable for her book Me Before You. Me Before You is a book which I rated 5 stars as it engaged me emotionally on a number of levels, despite being a sad story the book managed to fill me with laughter, tears and hope. I personally haven’t watched the recent film with Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke yet, I’m actually waiting for it to be released on DVD so I can ugly cry over it in my room without being in public…
Does anybody else see the name Jojo Moyes and just immediately think about jojo the singer? GET OUT, LEAVE RIGHT NOW ITS THE END OF YOU AND ME? no? just me?
Now this is one where I’m coming in blind. I have actually never read any of C.S Lewis’ work before however The Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is actually on my reading list for a children’s literature unit I am taking for my third year at university so I shall be reading it very soon. However if you haven’t read this book then I am sure you may have watched the films and will know that whilst they were written by a British Author they are also partially set in England – London I believe. Therefore if you are looking for a Children’s book with magical elements and an English Setting then definitely be sure to check this one out or add it to your own reading list.
Roald Dahl is simply a classic. I grew up reading these books and you will notice that a lot of his work have also become films such as Matilda, Fantastic Mr.Fox, James and the Giant Peach, the BFG and of course Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Whilst they are children’s books I still would recommend reading some of Roald Dahl’s work if you have never experienced him, they are great little short stories and also the illustrations by Quentin Blake are beautiful.
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is another book on my reading list for university so I shall also be reading that again very soon!
Personally I have never been good with Classics, I really struggle to get into them but they are definitely worth the time you pour into them. For classic british literature you will definitely want to explore Jane Austen, the one I have read myself is Pride and Prejudice. Known as being the classic love story, it is a perfect read for anybody looking for strong-willed female leads and a historical romance.
Pride and Prejudice has also been adapted into a comic and the story slightly altered for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The story has numerous of mediums therefore shows evidence to its transcendence.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a classic I read from a university reading list and it is definitely one filled with trials for the protagonist Jane. Jane Eyre is a historical fiction romance also with hints of gothic and it follows Jane as she is orphaned then as she takes on the role as a governess, falls in love and then finds out an impediment to her marriage. This is shelved as being a popular classic amongst readers and definitely one to check out if you like Historical Romances or are interested in British Literature.
Once again you can’t have a british literature list without the Bronte Sisters…
If you have also read Jane Eyre and are interested in more contemporary fiction linked to classics then I recommend The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde which features a unique storyline of literary agents attempting to save literature from crime. Such as someone is attempting to change and steal the Jane Eyre Manuscript therefore Tuesday Next is on the case to save the literature and the story.
This book is a fun and unique read filled with intertextuality, if you are a fan of classics and Jane Eyre then it’s a lovely addition to see your favourite characters again in a new light.
Last but certainly not least we have Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, sister to Charlotte Bronte. Wuthering Heights similarly belongs in the gothic, historical fiction and romance genre however this time the novel follows Heathcliff as he ultimately transforms into a gentleman.This is a story which features Heathcliff being a orphen, his treatment and departure and then return to his home. The novel also features revenge… dun dun dunn…
I think that’s the most cryptic description I have ever done because I actually can’t remember the story too well. This was one we only studied briefly at university however a must have read for a British Literature fan or classic fan!
So there we have it, let me know in the comments if you are a fan of classics and if you like this type of feature. I definitely enjoyed sharing some of my picks for this British Literature and British Authors feature, its great to celebrate authors from your own country as it also allows those who live elsewhere the opportunity to explore other novels.
Also let me know if you would be interested in seeing any other features like this regarding classic literature in general, plays or even feel good or classic films.
Happy Reading – Hannah x