Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s Top Ten list is Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition. I could think of LOADS of authors that deserve more recognition, so for me, I’ve picked 10 out of the authors I’ve read this year. Some of them are fairly well known authors but I’ve picked them because I want them to have even more recognition!

This week I’ve included my reviews of the author’s book!

In no particular order:

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Tamara Blake- I’ve recently finished Slumber. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was gripped throughout. I do hope there will be a sequel!

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Amy MartinIn Your Dreams and As You Wake are the first two books in the series. I think they are quick, brilliant, imaginative reads. I really like Amy Martin’s writing style.

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Adrienne Kress- I’ve mentioned Outcast on a few Top Ten Tuesday lists now, but I just can’t help it. I love this book!

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Alexia Casale– Yes, I’ve mentioned this book before as well, but I really love Alexia Casale’s unique and fresh story.

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Paula Daly– Another great author. I can’t wait to read more from this author. Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? has been compared to Gone Girl, but I think it’s special in its own right.

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Alison Rattle- The Quietness is one of my favourite reads this year. Check out Alison Rattle.. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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Kevin Maher- The Fields has had recognition as a promising debut novel, but I want more people to read it. I wasn’t impressed with the ending, but I was impressed that Kevin made me feel so passionately about the ending.

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Holly Smale- Geek Girl has been raved about amongst bloggers, but I think Holly Smale is one of my favourite authors this year. I think she deserves much more success. She’s a lovely person too.

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Jaclyn Dolamore- Magic Under Glass is another of my favourites this year. I can’t wait to continue with the series.

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Graham JoyceSome Kind Of Fairy Tale is a brilliant read. I loved Graham Joyce’s writing style.

Please feel free to leave your link to your list this week so I can come and check out the author’s you think deserve more recognition. I think I’m going to be adding a lot of books to my TBR list…

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Hay Festival 2013

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I’m just back from Hay Festival! I had such a good time that I decided to do a little blog post about it. Hay Festival is a Literature and Arts festival which runs every year. It brings together writers, film-makers, historians, novelists, philosophers, poets and at night comedians and musicians. Hay is described as “a magical book town in the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park.” It was absolutely beautiful and I was in my element surrounded by books, authors and like-minded people. This year was my ‘taster’ session so I didn’t spend long there, but I hope to rectify that next year!

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I went to Hay with my sister Bibliobeth. Our journey did not start so well, with our coach being hit by something on the motorway, which left its exhaust hanging off and left us waiting to see if it was safe to continue onto Newport. Luckily it was and on we went.

Can you spy Newport?

Can you spy Newport?

After a very long journey we arrived at our accommodation for the night. Which was lovely… even if the weather wasn’t so lovely.

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We were greeted with warm cheese and potato pie and biscuits. Lovely!

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The festival was brilliant. We had booked two talks which were 3 of the Waterstones 11 debut novelists chaired by Chris White who is on the panel at Waterstones to pick the 11 promising debuts of the year. We decided to go to this talk because we’re reading and reviewing the Waterstones 11 debut novels. The second talk was a Geektastic talk from Holly Smale and Andy Robb.

I really enjoyed the Waterstones 11 debut novels talk. The authors were Gavin Extence (The Universe Versus Alex Woods- review HERE), Kevin Maher (The Fields- review HERE) and Taiye Selasi (Ghana Must Go, see Bibliobeth’s review HERE). It was interesting to hear about how they came up with the ideas, their writing methods, how they got published and lots more besides. All of the authors were extremely likeable and their personalities really shone through. I definitely saw a bit of Alex Woods in Gavin Extence.

Next up was the Geek Fest as I like to call it. Holly Smale (Geek Girl, review HERE) and Andy Robb (Geekhood series) discussed their books and what the definition of geek actually is. This talk was particularly interactive with the audience which was great. Holly and Andy were really lovely. I certainly would have picked up Geek Girl if I hadn’t have already read it. There were more questions to the authors and some friendly debate about the likability of The Big Bang Theory. I thought Holly said some inspiring statements about being who you are and becoming comfortable in your own skin, liking what you like regardless of what other people think of you or label you as. It earned her a round of applause which was very well deserved!

After a wander around the festival (including a lot of time spent in the festival’s bookshop) we went into Hay to explore the bookshops. There are LOADS which are all packed with books, books and more books at very cheap/reasonable prices. We, of course, picked up some books and then made our way home.

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I can’t wait to arrange to spend more time at Hay next year. It was so much fun!

The Fields

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How did I get it?:
I bought it. It’s part of the Waterstones 11 debut authors with promise for 2013.

Synopsis:

Dublin, 1984: Ireland is a divided country, the Parish Priest remains a figure of immense authority and Jim Finnegan is thirteen years old, the youngest in a family of five sisters. Life in Jim’s world consists of dealing with the helter-skelter intensity of his rumbustious family, taking breakneck bike rides with his best friend, and quietly coveting the local girls from afar. But after a drunken yet delicate rendition of ‘The Fields of Athenry’ at the Donohues’ raucous annual party, Jim captures both the attention of the beautiful Saidhbh Donohue and the unwanted desires of the devious and dangerous Father Luke O’Culigeen.

Bounced between his growing love for Saidhbh and his need to avoid the dreaded O’Culigeen, Jim’s life starts to unravel. He and Saidhbh take a ferry for a clandestine trip to London that has dark and difficult repercussions, forcing Jim to look for the solution to all his problems in some very unusual places.

Thoughts:

I’ve found it quite hard to review this book because I can’t pinpoint exactly what I think about it as a whole. It was an engaging read and at times very humorous. It deals with some incredibly contentious issues but it doesn’t feel like a bleak read.

The main theme of this book is the consequences of what happens in our childhood reflecting on our future. The Fields can be an uncomfortable read. It deals with issues such as abuse, sexuality, abortion and religion. All of this happens to mainly Catholic Irish characters. I think the issues are made easier to read because of the humour. It’s light relief from horrifying issues. The protagonist Jim Finnegan is a teenager with a very mature outlook in life. He’s a memorable character.

I felt let down by the ending. It’s controversial, but it just seemed to me like an easy way out. The story before was so well thought of and incredibly well written. It seemed a shame to end how it did.

I did enjoy The Fields, it was an interesting yet slightly disturbing read.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Bright Young Things- Scarlett Thomas.