The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

Ninety-Nine Journeys punctuated by
twelve short essays

My GoodReads’ Star Rating: 4 stars out of 5, which means I really liked it!

Artuccino’s bookish observation

The Book of Forgotten Authors is a Bibliomemoir, a book about books, one of my favourite genres. I have the hardback edition, and when I’ve finished reading it, it will take up one precious book-space on our bookshelf. Our bookshelf space is limited; reserved for “special” books only.  At least twelve of our book-spaces are taken up by Bibliomemoirs, where they wait patiently for my return to enjoy their treasures. Over the coming years I’ll dive into their pages to reacquaint myself with their gems.

The works of ninety nine authors are mentioned, along with twelve short essays. It’s has a wide scope and introduces the reader to people who have been “forgotten” by many, or never heard of by others. For some readers it’s a journey of re-discovery, plus Christopher Fowler’s prose makes the book very enjoyable.

The fact that Mr Fowlers’ book encourages me to add more books to my To-Be-Read-List is very problematic because it is completely unmanageable. 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 filled with book descriptions and author’s that have been forgotten. An intriguing journey leading 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
The Rose of Tibet by Lionel Davidson
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 Crispin
Don’t Point that Thing at Me: A Charles Mordecai Mystery by Kyril Bonfiglioli
The Perfect Murder: An Inspector Ghote Mystery by H.R.F. Keating
 The Statement by Brian Moore
The Barrakee Mystery: An Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony) Mystery by Arthur Upfield
A little about the author

Christopher Fowler is an English author, he wrote a periodic column for The Independent titled Invisible Ink. In this series, he looked at a wide range of writers whose works, once popular, have now fallen out of the public eye. His book version, The Book of Forgotten Authors, was adapted from his newspaper column. ((Find out more about Invisible Ink at The Independent))

Mr Fowler is the award-winning author of fifty novels and short-story collections, including the Bryant & May mysteries. His awards include the 2015 CWA Dagger In The Library (for his entire body of work), The Last Laugh Award (twice) and the British Fantasy Award (multiple times), the Edge Hill Prize and the inaugural Green Carnation Award. His other works include screenplays, video games, graphic novels, audio and stage plays.

Source: Wikipedia. ((Find out more about Christopher Fowler at Wikipedia))

Genre – Non Fiction

Bibliomemoir, Literary Criticism

First Published