The Book of Forgotten Authors is a book about books, and Books About Books is one of my favourite genres. I have the hardback edition, and when I’ve finished reading it, it will take up one book space on my bookshelf. My bookshelf space is precious, and limited; reserved for “special” books only. Twelve spaces on my shelves are taken by Books About Books, and they sit there because I’ll dive into their pages occasionally, over the years, to reacquaint myself with their gems.
There is one thing that is very problematic about this book, that is, when it comes to Books about Books, it’s the fact that they encourage you to add more books to one’s To Be Read List. My To Be Read List is enormous, and it would take several life-times to actually read the books listed. But, hey, that’s part of the fun.
Sometimes I think I enjoy reading book descriptions and bio’s about authors, as much as I enjoy reading the books, and that is why, for me, this book is a great read. It’s intriguing and it leads me down fascinating pathways.
Listed below are some of the books I’ve added to my To Be Read List as a direct result of reading Christopher Fowler’s book:
When Last I Died by Gladys Mitchell
The Jacob Street Mystery by R. Austin Freeman
Vermilion: Valentine & Lovelace #1 by Nathan Aldyne
The Chinese Maze: A Judge Dee Mystery by Robert van Gulik
Full Dark House: A Bryant & May Mystery by Christopher Fowler
The Moving Toyshop: A Gervase Fen Mystery by Edmund Chrispin
Don’t Point that Thing at Me: A Charles Mordecai Mystery by Kyril Bonfiglioli
The Perfect Murder by H.R.F. Keating
The Statement by Brian Moore
PLUS: a few more
The Rose of Tibet by Lionel Davidson: A filmmaker is reported dead near Mount Everest. His brother, Charles Houston, is convinced he’s alive and is determined to find him. It’s a dangerous expedition. He travels from India to the forbidden land of Tibet. In the Yamdring monastery, he discovers an emerald treasure guarded by a woman with a deadly secret. But the Chinese army is coming…
‘I hadn’t realised how much I had missed the genuine adventure story until I read The Rose of Tibet.’ Graham Greene
The Sands of Windee (Book Two of the Bony Detective Mysteries) by Arthur Upfield