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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

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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.

Picture of  The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein book cover 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.
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Cecelia Ahern

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Cecelia Ahern was born in Dublin in September 1981.
She is the daughter of former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.

Picture of  P.S. I Love You book cover 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
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Richard Bach

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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 ForeverPicture of  The Bridge Across Forever book cover and One 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.
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John Banville

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John Banville also uses the pseudonym Benjamin Black
Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945.

His book, The Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the 1989 Booker Prize.
The Sea won the Booker Prize in 2005.
Doctor Copernicus is the first book in the Revolutions Trilogy.
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Truman Capote

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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.

Answered Prayers in a later novel in which Capote has based his chracters on himself and his acquaintances.
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Sophie Dahl

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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.

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Umberto Eco

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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 Foulcoult's Pendulum, and Baudolino.
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..
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Duncan Fallowell

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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.
Satyrday 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).
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David Guterson

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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 novelsTop

Mark Haddon

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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.
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Kazuo Ishiguro

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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.
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Tama Janowitz

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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.
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Ken Kesey

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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.
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Harper Lee

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Harper Lee has produces a fine follow-up novel to To Kill a Mockingbird in Go Set a Watchman Top

Jim Lynch

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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.
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Timothy Mo

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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 in 1995.
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Ben Okri

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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
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Tim Parks

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Tim Parks was born in Manchester, England on December 19, 1954.

Parks is an author of fiction and non-fiction.
His novel Europa 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.
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Norman Rush

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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 Mating.
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Alice Sebold

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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 in 2002.
It wasn't until 2007 that her true story Lucky was published, even though Alice was writing it from the age of 10.
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Carol Shields

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Carol Shields was born on June 2, 1935 and died on May 16, 2003.

Carol Shields won the Pulitzer Prize and the Governor General's Award in Canada for The Stone Diaries, published in 1993.Unless is another of her novels.
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Donna Tartt

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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 The Goldfinch in 2014.
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Peter Ustinov

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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.Monsieur Rene is one of Ustinov's later novels about a man discovering new abilities in his later years.
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M G Vassanji

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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.
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David Weiss

The Spirit and the Flesh is a novel inspired by the life of Isadora Duncan.
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Patrick White

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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.
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Richard Yates

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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 Revolutionary Road in 1961.
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Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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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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Contents on this Page
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Peter Ackroyd
Cecelia Ahern
Richard Bach
John Banville
Truman Capote
Sophie Dahl
Umberto Eco
Duncan Fallowell
David Guterson
Mark Haddon
Kazuo Ishiguro
Tama Janowitz
Ken Kesey
Harper Lee
Jim Lynch
Timothy Mo
Ben Okri
Tim Parks
Norman Rush
Alice Sebold
Carol Shields
Donna Tartt
Peter Ustinov
M G Vassanji
Patrick White
Richard Yates
Carlos Ruiz Zafon

General Fiction Authors on this Site
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Peter Ackroyd
Cecelia Ahern
Mitch Albom
Marc Alexander
Monica Ali
Claire Allan
Isabel Allende
Lisa Alther
Martin Amis
Virginia Andrews
Jeffrey-Archer
Chloe Aridjis
Bruce Arnold
Margaret Atwood
Paul Auster
Richard Bach
J G Ballard
Iain Banks
John Banville
Pat Barker
Julian Barnes
Sebastian Barry
Martyn Bedford
Arnold Bennett
Maeve Binchy
Giovanni Boccaccios
Dirk Bogarde
Dermot Bolger
William Boyd
Clare Boylan
John Boyne
Barbara Taylor Bradford
Richard Brautigan
Elise Broach
Cassandra Brooke
Brigid Brophy
Dan Brown
Pearl S Buck
Charles Bukowski
Anthony Burgess
William Burroughs
Pierce Butler
A S Byatt
Truman Capote
Peter Carey
Alejo Carpentier
Joyce Cary
Michael Chabon
Stephen Clarke
Chris Cleave
Paulo Coelho
Jenny Colgan
Michael Collins
Larry Collins
Marita Conlon McKenna
Shane Connaughton
Joseph Conrad
Emma Cooke
Robert Coover
Douglas Coupland
Jim Crace
Conor Cregan
A J Cronin
Anthony Cronin
Sophie Dahl
Robertson Davies
Daniel Defoe
Frank Delaney
Tatiana de Rosnay
Martina Devlin
Margaret Dickinson
Michael Dickinson
J P Donleavy
John dos Passos
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Roddy Doyle
Margaret Drabble
Briege Duffaud
Mairead Tuohy Duffy
Lee Dunne
Sabine Durrant
Umberto Eco
Thomas Eidson
George Eliot
Bret Easton Ellis
Anne Enright
Duncan Fallowell
Sebastian Faulks
Carrie Fisher
F-Scott Fitzgerald
Kitty Fitzgerald
Fannie Flagg
Richard Ford
John Fowles
Charles Frazier
Marilyn French
Alan Furst
Jostein Gaarder
Maggie Gibson
Robert Goddard
Jane Green
Zane Grey
David Guterson
Mark Haddon
Mohsin Hamid
Hugo Hamilton
David Hanly
Joanne Harris
Noelle Harrison
Sven Hassel
Shay Healy
Zoe Heller
Hermann Hesse
Christine Dwyer Hickey
Elin Hilderbrand
Melissa Hill
Susan Hill
Peter Hoeg
Alan Hollinghurst
Aldous Huxley
Conn Iggulden
John Irving
Kazuo Ishiguro
Howard Jacobson
Henry James
Tama Janowitz
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Jennifer Johnston
Emma Louise Jordan
James Joyce
Joe Joyce
Franz Kafka
Linda Kavanagh
John B Keane
Cathy Kelly
Richard T Kelly
Thomas Keneally
Douglas Kennedy
William Kennedy
Adrian Kenny
Jack Kerouac
Ken Kesey
Marian Keyes
Kevin Kiely
Francis King
Harmony Korine
Milan Kundera
John Lanchester
Mary A Larkin
Harper Lee
Maurice Leitch
Doris Lessing
Primo Levi
Alison Lurie
Jim Lynch
Liam Lynch
Bernard MacLaverty
Bryan MacMahon
Francis MacManus
Brinsley MacNamara
Walter Macken
J Ardle McArdle
Patrick McCabe
Colum McCanns
Children's Books
Mary McCarthy
Robert McCrum
Eugene McEldowney
Ian McEwan
John McGahern
Bernard Malamud
Thomas Mann
Jill Mansell
Stephen Marlowe
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
John Masters
Aidan Mathews
W Somerset Maugham
William Maxwell
John Mary Meagher
Henry Miller
David Mitchell
Timothy Mo
Brian Moore
Danny Morrison
Toni Morrison
Val Mulkerns
Iris Murdoch
Ailish O'Breen
Edna O'Brien
Flann O'Brien
Ross O'Carroll-Kelly
Gemma O'Connor
Joseph O'Connor
Tommy Frank O'Connor
Peadar O'Donnell
Julia O'Faolain
Sheila O'Flanagan
Timothy O'Grady
Andrew O'Hagan
Ben Okri
Joseph Olshan
T P O'Mahony
Joseph O'Neill
George Orwell
Tim Parks
Tony Parsons
Glenn Patterson
Dale Peck
Cecile Pineda
Sylvia Plath
Terry Prone
E Annie Proulx
Manuel Puig
Deirdre Purcell
Barbara Pym
Thomas Pynchon
John Quinn
Niall Quinn
Robert Radcliffe
Claire Rayner
Piers Paul Read
Lar Redmond
Luke Rhinehart
Tom Robbins
Frank Ronan
Philip Roth
Norman Rush
Edward Rutherford
George Ryan
Patricia Scanlan
Bernhard Schlink
Alice Sebold
Will Self
Mary Ann Shaffer
Tom Sharpe
Carol Shields
Anita Shreve
Lionel Shriver
Paullina Simons
Upton Sinclair
Lillian Smith
Edith Somerville and Martin Ross
Muriel Spark
Michelle Spring
Robert Louis Stevenson
Graham Swift
Donna Tartt
Walter Tevis
William Makepeace Thackeray
Paul Theroux
Thrillers
Colm Toibin
Ben Travers
Maura Treacy
William Trevor
Anne Tyler
John Updike
Peter Ustinov
M G Vassanji
Gore Vidal
Kurt Vonnegut Jr
Marina Warner
Evelyn Waugh
Fay Weldon
H G Wells
Irvine Welsh
Anthony C West
Patrick White
Terence de vere White
Nigel Williams
A N Wilson
Colin Wilson
Jeanette Winterson
P G Wodehouse
Tobias Wolff
Stephen Wright
Richard Yates
W B Yeats
Carlos Ruiz Zafon