Who is your literary hero (or heroine) giveaway?

It’s not often I’m in the position to host a giveaway, but thanks to the nice people at Faber, I have somehow ended up with two copies of Invisible by Paul Auster.

Auster is probably my biggest literary hero, and I am really looking forward to reading his new book. I love the layers in his novels – the books within books, the writer as a recurring character, his love of coincidence and circular plot elements, plus a wonderful feel for NYC.

I will send world-wide. To enter this giveaway for an ARC of Invisible just leave a comment by noon on Sunday Nov 8th telling me who your literary hero or heroine is…

I look forward to hearing from you.

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  1. FlossieT says:

    Me me me! I really want to read this…My literary hero has to be Nadeem Aslam: an incredible, deeply thoughtful writer, who somehow manages miraculously to be lyrical and concise all at the same time. He emigrated from Pakistan as a teenager with what he describes as "a basic knowledge of English", and read biochemistry at university because he didn't think his English was good enough for an English degree. After he heard Peter Carey speak, he decided he might have it in him to become a writer.I can't wait for his next book.

  2. Steph says:

    I just discovered Auster a week or two ago – I read The New York Trilogy and was BLOWN AWAY. I know I didn't *get* the entire thing, but it was a really rich and rewarding reading experience and I'd love to read more by him!I'd have to say one of my current literary heroes (because I do have many!) is Toni Morrison. I'm constantly amazed by the depth of her writing and the insight she manages to pack into her prose. I'm totally envious of her talent.

  3. Annabel Gaskell says:

    FlossieT – I will be looking up Nadeem Aslam, as I don't know his work at all.Steph – The New York Trilogy hooked me too – I re-read it recently after some years and it was even better than I remembered. I've only read Beloved by Toni Morrison, and didn't get on with it … could you recommend another?

  4. Steph says:

    I haven't read Beloved yet, but have it in my stack. The only two Morrison's I've read have been Song of Solomon and A Mercy. I really enjoyed both, but might suggest A Mercy, simply because it is a lot shorter and might be more accessible.You can read my review of Song of Solomon here, and A Mercy here!

  5. Anna says:

    Picking just one literary hero is so difficult. But I'll go for Charles Causley, a poet who deserves to be far better known than he is. A few of his poems used to be included in anthologies for schools; wonderful though some of these are, his overall body of work is far richer and deeper than these few poems show.

  6. BooksPlease says:

    What a difficult question – so many to choose from! Auster is one of my literary heroes. Others are Jane Austen and Ian McEwan but there are plenty more.

  7. bookheaper says:

    It has to be Henry James for carrying on with his writing even though he was often crushed by criticism and his friends/ contemporaries were so much more commercially successful and popular than him. And because he was quite repressed and probably very lonely. Can I have a woman as well or is that cheating? Emily Dickinson, if so, for writing in such a startlingly original way with hardly any public recognition.I think Paul Auster is a brilliant writer, and for some idiotic reason, thought his wife's books would be equally good, but was sadly disappointed.

  8. Annabel Gaskell says:

    Bookheaper – I've yet to read a Siri Hustvedt – I might have to promote up her the pile to see if I agree with you! You can have as many literary heroes and heroines as you like … A literary heroine of mine is Annie Proulx, I've only read three of her books so far – The Shipping News was staggeringly good and captures the contrast between wide-open spaces with small-town claustrophobia perfectly.

  9. adevotedreader says:

    I have many literary heroes, the one who comes to mind now is Thomas Hardy.Re other people's comments, Nadeem Aslam's The Wasted Vigil is a marvellous (albeit very sad) book. I didn't get along with Beloved either, but would reccomend The Bluest Eye- it's Morrison's first novel about a young African Aerican girl's life in Ohio. It's quite short but packs a powerful punch.

  10. Juxtabook says:

    I have never read any Paul Auster but would love to change that! I love Graham Greene. I love that he writes both entertaining literary novels and literary "entertainments". I love his closeness with the medium of film. I love his bewildered heroes and thoughtful plots.

  11. Annabel Gaskell says:

    Adevotedreader – I read my first Hardy only last year (Tess) and loved it. I must make time for more.Juxtabook – I've read virtually all of Graham Greene, but that was so long ago … must revisit. He is a master storyteller, and I agree his books make marvellous films – I'm thinking Michael Caine in the Quiet American which was astounding. I've not seen Ralph Fiennes in the End of the Affair.

  12. William Rycroft says:

    Picking a literary hero is a tough one. I have long been an admirer of Philip Roth who manages even on his off days to write better than most of us could ever hope to (I believe his latest is one such example).But I think I'm going to pick a quiet man of letters who deserves more recognition. William Maxwell is well known for his work as editor of The New Yorker where he helped shape the prose of Nabokov, Updike, Cheever, Welty, Salinger (the list goes on). He also wrote some great fiction himself and my reason for picking him as a hero is because after reading 'A William Maxwell Portrait' I got a real sense that this was a man who was like a guardian to many young writers, a devoted husband for his whole life and someone totally immersed in the craft of writing rather than any of the frippery that can come with fame or recognition. Admirable.Auster is someone who I read a lot of years ago and who has fallen off my radar so I hope this might be the opportunity to get him back in my sights.

  13. Sinéad says:

    Great question and almost as hard to answer as "what's your favourite album?"There are so many, but I'm going to go for Maeve Brennan. Born in Ireland to politically-minded parents, she moved to the US with her family and worked at the New Yorker.I think she is one of the finest (and most overlooked) short story writers ever. She has several brilliant collections (The Rose Garden and The Springs of Affection) that I'd hugely recommend.Brennan also wrote a novella, The Visitor and her characters are brilliantly drawn. Her work deals with themes of loss, confinement, sadness – which reflects her own life in many ways. Her personal life was quite chaotic and she endured unhappy marriages, alcoholism and mental illness. All of these undoubtedy contributed to the fact that she never wrote a full-length novel, which is a real shame.She had largely fallen into obscurity, with people focusing on the end of her life, where she was destitute and lived in the toilets at the New Yorker offices. Angela Bourke's biography Homesick at the New Yorker in recent years has reclaimed her and introduced her to new readers who had never heard of her. One of the reasons my daughter is called Maebh is because of her.

  14. savidgereads says:

    I am too late I think but I would have to say my all time favourite author would have to be Daphne Du Maurier. So versatile, so dark and so complex whilst being a great, great storyteller.

  15. Monica says:

    oh how I wish I'd found your blog sooner!!!I love LOVE Paul Auster. He's writing is amazing.I totally adore Carol Shields. So sad she passed away… went to see her reading/talking about her novel 'unless' and was in a cloud for days.Also just found – bit late I know – Toni Morrison. Amazing.I could go on and on…

  16. Annabel Gaskell says:

    Monica – hi! I haven't read any Carol Shields – I know I must one day soon. Toni Morrison – I tried Beloved, but didn't get on with it, maybe a different one ….

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