Top Ten Tuesdays: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.

The topic this week is New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021. I read quite a lot of new-to-me authors last year. These are just 10 of them.

  • The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood – a ‘cosy’ murder mystery, easy to read and fast paced.
  • Coming Up for Air* by Sarah Leipciger – a mix of fact and fiction, based in truth, which emphasises the importance of the air we breathe and the desire to live.
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway – a simple story on the surface, told in a few pages, yet full of depth.
  • The Queen’s Spy by Clare Marchant – historical fiction with a dual timeline set in 1584 and 2021.
  • The Library of the Dead by T L Huchu – a fantasy novel, set in a future or alternative Edinburgh, with a wealth of dark secrets in its underground.
  • Girl in the Walls by A J Gnuse – a ‘gothic’ tale influenced by the literary tradition of the Southern Gothic novel.
  • Inland by Téa Obreht – a novel about life in the American West during the mid-to-late 19th century.
  • Prophecy by S J Parris – historical fiction about Giordano Bruno, a 16th century heretic philosopher and spy.
  • The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles – historical fiction, based on the true Second World War story of the librarians at the American Library in Paris. 
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock* by Joan Lindsay – the picnic, which begins innocently and happily, ends in explicable terror, and some of the party never returned. What happened to them remains a mystery.

*The two books I loved the most are Picnic at Hanging Rock and Coming Up for Air, both are 5* books for me.

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

  1. You have such brilliant books on your list today and I haven’t read any of them. I’m also guilty of not having read Ernest Hemmingway yet…! Gosh I need to make a plan!

    Happy TTT!

    Elza Reads

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  2. The trouble with reading this week’s Top Ten posts is that it gives me loads of new authors I really ‘must’ look into! Inland sounds good as does The Library of the Dead.

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  3. What a great idea for top ten, Margaret! I always like the chance to discover new-to-me writers, and it’s nice to reflect on that. And you’ve reminded me that I want to read The Paris Library.

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  4. Glad you found the Old Man and the Sea. My fav Hemingway novel is The Sun Also Rises, which was made into a great film with Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power, Ava Gardner. Yes, that far back!

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  5. I plan to read Téa Obreht the next time we travel in the western part of the US. I’ve heard such good things about her writing.

    And isn’tit wonderful that you read The Old Man and the Sea. My brother has taken it on himself as a project to read all of Hemingway.

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