I’m sure you all experience this too. You discover an author that you really enjoy, and you plan to start reading all their books from the beginning, but you get waylaid, and stop after the first few.
This is the case with me and Laurie Graham. Pre-blog, I read her first four novels, published annually from 1996 and loved them all – they were funny, yet moving and deal with real life – The Dress Circle is about a Transvestite dad for instance. They reminded me of Sue Townsend – less overtly comic, but full of great observations.
Then I stopped as her writing took a slightly different tack with her next novel Future Homemakers of America and it didn’t fit with my reading likes at the time. I bought the book though, it’s still waiting there for me.
Since then, she’s written another handful of novels set in earlier decades of the 20th century, including ones based on the Windsors and Kennedys, a couple more written back in the present, and then turned further back in history with A Humble Companion.
Every single one of those novels above are on my shelves. I always knew I’d start reading and, I’m sure, loving them again.
I also see that she has a new novel coming out in October. The Liar’s Daughter continues her historical pattern, and is set in Portsmouth during the time of Nelson.
I can’t wait to get reacquainted with Laurie Graham’s books. I’ll happily read them all! She’s a British author well worth exploring and you can read more about her on her own website here.
Which authors have you got waylaid from, but intend to revisit? Do tell…