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Re: Your favorite unpopular authors...

Post by alex_ » 20 Jul 2014, 20:15

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Post by Simatwa » 14 Jul 2018, 15:10

I like the work of Ngugi wa Thiong'o whose books are relevant in most African states who took over coloniasts and instead frustrated most of their African colleaques

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Post by Lil Reads » 18 Jul 2018, 03:13

She used to be popular, but now she is probably considered 'outdated'.

Eleanor Hibbert wrote under several pseudonyms for decades, including historical fiction, neo-gothic, and more.

As Jean Plaidy she wrote historical fiction chronicling English history from the Norman Conquest until the death of Queen Victoria, with a gap during the Interregnum. These can be dividing into several miniseries, focusing on one dynasty. She also had several books focusing on the consorts of some of the kings.

As Victoria Holt she wrote neo-gothic novels. There are many of the tropes common to the genre - creepy castles, exotic locations, romance, classism, and so on - combined in various ways. These were stand alone novels, usually set during the Victorian era with a few set in contemporary times, but including various locations such as Cornwall, India, Asia, and so on.

As Philippa Carr she wrote a series, Daughters of England following a family of mothers and daughters from the reign of Henry VIII until WWII. The family is often on the perimeter of major historical events, e.g. the English Civil War and the French Revolution among others.

She wrote under other pseudonyms, but those were the main three and sometimes novels were republished under one of her main three pseudonyms.

While some parts have not aged well - some of the male leads are really creepy and have questionable ethics plus some of research she used in her historical fiction is now outdated - there are some really fun stories to be told. She generally tried to research the eras she wrote about. Some of the more recent historical fiction authors were influenced by her work.
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