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Alphabetical agony




‘a favourite author for each letter of the alphabet, and the accompanying novel’
This list is the wheeze of Stuck In A Book and Ow! It’s really hard to do. A lot of my favourite authors have names beginning with ‘A’. I found the best thing was to do it quickly and instinctively, without agonizing.
A Jane Austen, Emma.
B Anthony Buckeridge, Jennings’ Diary
C Douglas Coupland, Microserfs
D Charles Dickens Great Expectations
E George Eliot, Middlemarch
F Michael Frayn, The Tin Men
G George & Weedon Grossmith, Diary of a Nobody
H Georgette Heyer, Arabella
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J Grace James, John & Mary Detectives.
K Edit. Flora Klickmann, The Flower Patch Among the Hills
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M Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love
N Beverley Nichols, Down the Garden Path
O Edit. George Orwell, Coming Up for Air
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R Arthur Ransome, The Picts & the Martyrs
S Sellar & Yeatman, 1066 & All That
T Angela Thirkell, High Rising.
U Alison Uttley, Water Rat’s Picnic
V Edit. Mrs George de Horne Vaizey, Flaming June
W Evelyn Waugh, Put Out More Flags.
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Y Charlotte M Yonge, The Daisy Chain
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Too lazy to do all of this myself, but I'll fill in most of your blanks. :-)

I Eva Ibbotsen, A Countess Below Stairs
K Katherine Kerr, Daggerspell
L C. S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy
O Pat O'Shea, The Hounds of the Morrigan
P Richard Parker, The Old Powder Line
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V Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey, Tom and Some Other Girls
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Z Roger Zelazny, Nine Princes in Amber
Oh VG! How could I have forgotten Mrs Vaizey? Hard to choose one and I'd probably pick one of the non-school stories.
This looks fun - and a perfect work-avoidance tactic for me this morning!
I shall hope to see your list!
Well, I was careful not to look at your list first, but now I see we only have one book in common - Middlemarch. Hard to pick just one Austen and one Heyer, so not surprising we went for different ones there. You have some of my old favourites and some I've never read.
I love it! By picking Thirkell I had to leave out Sue Townsend, author of the wonderful Adrian Mole books. :-(

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Grossmiths nearly made my list... Stella Gibbons won out in the end.
And have B Nichols on my shelves, as yet unread...
I couldn't do without the Pooters, much as I love Cold Comfort. I was sorry to have to leave out Sue Townsend. Dear old BN. You love him or hate him so I wonder which you will do?