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A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.

I am always being asked who my favourite writers are, a question I find very difficult to answer as I read so widely and love so many different books. Here are just some of the writers whose work I have truly loved.


Historical Fiction

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Fantasy

  • Susanna Clarke – Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrell
  • Alison Croggon – The Gift; The Riddle; The Crow; The Singing
  • David Eddings – Pawn of Prophecy; Queen of Sorcery etc
  • Raymond Feist – Magician; Silverthorn
  • Pamela Freeman – Blood Ties; Dark Water; Full Circle
  • Neil Gaiman – Stardust
  • Alison Goodman – Eon; Eona
  • Lian Hearn – Across the Nightingale Floor; Grass for his Pillow; Heaven's Net is Wide
  • Robin Hobbs – Assassin's Apprentice; Assassin's Quest
  • Celine Kiernan – The Poison Throne; The Crowded Shadows; The Rebel Prince
  • Robert Jordan – The Eye of the World; The Great Hunt
  • Margo Lanagan – Tender Morsels
  • C.S. Lewis – Till We Have Faces
  • Fiona McIntosh – Myrren's Gift; Blood and Memory
  • Robin McKinley – Beauty; Rose Daughter; Deerskin
  • Garth Nix – Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen
  • J.R.R Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit
  • Tad Williams – The Dragonbone Chair; Stone of Farewell
  • Sarah Zettel – A Sorcerer's Treason; Camelot's Honour; Camelot's Blood
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley – The Mists of Avalon

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Mystery & Crime

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Classics

  • Jane Austen – Persuasion; Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice
  • Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre
  • Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
  • E.M. Forster – A Room With A View; Howards End; Where Angels Fear to Tread
  • Harper Lee – To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Mary Webb – Precious Bane

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Contemporary Children's Writers

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Classic Children's Writers

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Best Books On Writing & Creativity

  • Christopher Booker – The Seven Basic Plots
  • Terry Brooks – Sometimes The Magic Works: Lessons From A Writing Life
  • Gail Carson Levine – Writing Magic - Creating Stories That Fly
  • Roy Peter Clark – Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
  • Louise Doughty – A Novel In A Year
  • Alice. W Flaherty - The Midnight Disease – The Drive to Write, Writer's Block and the Creative Brain
  • E.M. Forster – Aspects of the Novel
  • Libby Gleeson – Writing Hannah
  • Kate Grenville – Searching For The Secret River
  • Stephen King – On Writing
  • Ursula le Guin – Steering the Craft
  • Donald Maass - Writing the Breakout Novel
  • Arthur Plotnik – Spunk & Bite
  • Jane Yolen – Take Joy: A Writer's Guide to Loving the Craft

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Best Books on Children's Literature

  • Susan Cooper – Dreams and Wishes: Essays on Writing for Children
  • Alison Lurie – Don't Tell the Grownups: Subversive Children's Literature
  • Deborah O'Keefe – Readers In Wonderland: The Liberating Worlds of Fantasy Fiction
  • Francis Spufford – The Child That Books Built
  • Jane Yolen – Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie and Folklore in the Literature of Childhood
  • William Zinsser – Worlds Of Childhood: The Art And Craft Of Writing For Children

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Non-Fiction

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