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Fiction books are books that fall into no particular category.
They refuse to be categorised because they are diverse in their subjects, varied in their scope and deal with a multitude of issues that a book in a specific category may not do.
They are also aimed at a far wider audience than a genre book.
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Peter Ackroyd is a biographer, a poet, a historian and a novelist.
Ackroyd was born on October 5, 1949 in East Acton, London, United Kingdom.
Among his subjects are William Shakespeare, Thomas More and Edgar Allan Poe.
His novels tend to lean to the darker side as in Hawksmoor, which won the Whitbread Prize in 1985.
Similar, but possibly a bit darker is
The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
, a remake of the Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein.
Cecelia Ahern was born in Dublin in September 1981.
She is the daughter of former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.
She has published 10 Novels and books of short stories.
P.S.I Love You
, her debut novel, was top bestseller in Ireland, the UK, USA, Germany and the Netherlands and sold in forty countries.
While all this was going on she managed to fit in having two children, Robin, a girl in December 2009, and Sonny, a boy, in July 2012.
Cecelia is currently working on production projects, such as adaptations to film of her more recent books, such as
Where Rainbows End
Richard Bach was born on June 23, 1936 in Illinois, USA.
Bach has chosen flight as a recurrent theme to his books.
Flight is featured in one way or another in all his books.
It has been his life as he served in the New Jersey Air National Guard.
He was a technical writer for Douglas Aircraft and wrote articles for Aircraft.
The Bridge Across Forever
are connected in that they are both concerned with soulmates.
Both books deal with the relationship between Bach and his wife of the time, Leslie Parrish.
John Banville also uses the pseudonym
Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945.
The Book of Evidence
was shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize.
won the Booker Prize in 2005.
is the first book in the Revolutions Trilogy.
Truman Capote was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA on September 30, 1924.
Capote died on August 25, 1984 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Capote labelled his book, In Cold Blood, 'Non-Fiction Novel'.
After teaching himself to read and write before his first year in school he prepared for his career in acting.
He would also write in his youth and made his break with short stories in the form of 'Miriam'.
His other big book was Breakfast at Tiffany's which was a great success.
Truman was a friend of Harper Lee, who helped him in his efforts to complete In Cold Blood.
in a later novel in which Capote has based his chracters on himself and his acquaintances.
Sophie Dahl was born on September 15, 1977.
She is a novelist and former model.
She is also the grand-daughter of Roald Dahl.
Sophie Dahl has written cookbooks and a children's book.
She has also presented television series on BBC2 which she wrote herself.
Playing With the Grown-Ups
is her first novel.
Umberto Eco was born in Alassandria, Italy on January 5, 1932 and died in Milan, Italy on February 19, 2016.
Umberto Eco was an Italian novelist who found fame with his novel
The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco was not a one hit wonder as he followed this up with masterpieces such as
Eco was also a university professor.
Apart from his fiction, Umberto Eco was very interested in semiotics and linguistics and published and co-authored several books on them..
Duncan Fallowell was born on September 26, 1948 in London, England.
Fallowell writes novels, travel books and is also a critic, writing for the Spectator.
is Fallowell's first novel.
This was followed up by The Underbelly.
Travel books by Fallowell include To Noto, (South of France), One Hot Summer in St Petersburg (Russia) and Going as Far As I Can (New Zealand).
David Guterson was born on May 4, 1956. Guterson is an author of novels, short stories and plays.
He is also a journalist and an essayist.
His most known work is
Snow Falling on Cedars
Guterson was a teacher for ten years.
During this time he was successful in getting stories published in small magazines.
It was his third novel,
Snow Falling on Cedars
which brought him success on an international stage, selling more than four million copies.
East of the Mountains
is another of his novels
Mark Haddon was born on September 26, 1962 in Northampton, England. Haddon is a novelist and a poet.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
is the most known of Mark Haddon's novels.
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan on November 8, 1954.
Kazuo Ishiguro is a writer of novels and short stories and also a screenwriter and a musician.
Never Let Me Go
is one of his novels.
Tama Janowitz is an American novelist and a writer of short stories.
Tama was born on April 12, 1956 in San Francisco, California, United States.
A Cannibal in Manhattan
is her most poular work.
Ken Kesey was born on September 17, 1935 in Colorado, USA and died in Oregon on November 10, 2001.
Kesey was an American novelist mostly known for his novel One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest which was made into a film starring Jack Nicholas.
Sometimes a Great Notion
is another of his novels.
Jim Lynch was born in Seattle, Washington, USA on November 03, 1961.
Lynch earned degrees in English and Communications from the University of Washington and he went on to report for several newspapers in the area.
The Highest Tide
is his first novel received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award in 2006 as well as featuring on the Richard and Judy Book Club in the UK.
Timothy Mo was born in Hong Kong on December 30, 1950 and lived there until he was ten years old.
Mo was educated in the University of Oxford and became a journalist for the Times Literary Supplement.
Timothy Mo self-published
Brownout on Breadfruit Boulevard
Ben Okri is a Nigerian poet and novelist who was born on March 15, 1959 in Minna, Nigeria.
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel winner (1991):
The Famished Road
Tim Parks was born in Manchester, England on December 19, 1954.
Parks is an author of fiction and non-fiction.
was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 1997.
Parks currently lives in Verona, Italy.
Tongues of Flame
was his debut novel, published in 1985.
Norman Rush is an American novelist who writes about Botswania in his novels and short stories.
Rush was born on October 24, 1933 in San Francisco, California, USA.
He won the U.S. National Book Award and the 1992 Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize for his novel
Alice Sebold was born on September 6, 1963 in Madison, Wisconsin in the United States of America.
Alice Sebold has written about her rape and the profound it has had on her and those around her.
She published a fictionalised story of rape in
The Lovely Bones
It wasn't until 2007 that her true story
was published, even though Alice was writing it from the age of 10.
Donna Tartt is an American author of widely acclaimed novels.
She won the WH Smith Literary Award for
The Little Friend
in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for
Peter Ustinov was born on April 15, 1921.
Ustinov was many things.
He had many talents and he was not afraid of showing them.
Ustinov was an actor, film maker, stage designer, screenwriter, comedian, showman etc. etc.
Ustinov wrote novels, short stories and plays.
Ustinov was a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy spoke at his funeral.
is one of Ustinov's later novels about a man discovering new abilities in his later years.
M G Vassanji
M G Vassanji is an author of novels and short stories.
M G Vassanji was born on May 30, 1950 in Nairobi, Kenya.
In June 2015, M G Vassanji was awarded the Canada Council Molson Prize for the Arts.
The Assassin's Song
is a tale of India.
Patrick White was born in Knightsbridge, London, on May 28, 1912, but moved to Australia with his family when was six months old.
White was the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973.
He has also a recipient of the Miles Franklin Award.
Patrick White died on September 30, 1990 in Sydney, Australia.
A Fringe of Leaves
is a novel from 1976.
Richard Yates was born on February 3, 1926 in New York, USA, and died on November 7, 1992 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Yates was an American novelist and short story writer who wrote about the middle of the 20th century.
Yates's home life was not a happy one. His parents divorced when he was three and so he moved around a lot.
He left school and joined the army, and spent time in France and Germany during the WW2.
After returning to the US, Richard took to journalism and writing for politicians and corporations, the most notably for Attorney General Robert Kennedy.
His big break came with the publication of
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a Spanish author of books for adults and young adults.
Carlos was born in Barcelona on September 25, 1974.
He has written four books for young adults.
He has also completed a series of four books for adults, "The Cemetery of Forgotten Books", of which
The Angel's Game
is the second part.
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General Fiction Authors on this Site
J G Ballard
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Pearl S Buck
A S Byatt
Marita Conlon McKenna
A J Cronin
Tatiana de Rosnay
J P Donleavy
John dos Passos
Mairead Tuohy Duffy
Bret Easton Ellis
Christine Dwyer Hickey
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Emma Louise Jordan
John B Keane
Richard T Kelly
Mary A Larkin
J Ardle McArdle
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
W Somerset Maugham
John Mary Meagher
Tommy Frank O'Connor
T P O'Mahony
E Annie Proulx
Piers Paul Read
Mary Ann Shaffer
Edith Somerville and Martin Ross
Robert Louis Stevenson
William Makepeace Thackeray
M G Vassanji
Kurt Vonnegut Jr
H G Wells
Anthony C West
Terence de vere White
A N Wilson
P G Wodehouse
W B Yeats
Carlos Ruiz Zafon