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Now we`ve got started, what do we think is the best Brit reading.
I`ll make a start by nominating Sexton Blake, pulp detective, who started his career in the 1890s and continued until 1963, with a brief comeback in the `80s.
Unlike others, Blake was never the province of a single writer, which probably didn`t help with reader loyalty. There have been many great Blake writers though. Two notable ones are Pierre Quiroule , actually a pseudonym for W W Sayer , a writer during the `20s, and Jack Trevor Story, who came to prominence in the `60s. W Howard Baker also turned out some classic tales on occasion.
Anyone else like Blake ? Anyone got their own favourites to plug ?
I can't seem to summon the enthusiasm for current British writers. I know it's wrong, but I see all the novel reviews in the Sunday broadsheets and my heart sinks.
Delighted to see a group devoted to "Brits"and British writers,and even more delighted to join the growing number of members.I live in the Midlands in Northampton,which although itself completely and utterly useless for books is however fairly close to some quite useful sources for book-buying.(Oxford,Cambridge,London and a lovely little market town a few miles away called Market Harborough which has loads of book buying possibilities) It would be interesting to know where other members of this group live in the country.
Anyway lets hope this group goes from strength to strength.
My favourite British author? Probably George MacDonald Fraser, the author of the Flashman books.
Googling, I see there is a site that lists second-hand bookshops in the UK, but they certainly aren't comprehensive.
If you're looking for good independent bookshops in this county, there's one in Hexham called "Cogito" books, and as for second hand bookshops, try Barter Books in Alnwick's old railway station. But if you go, make sure you have all day to spend. It's huge.
Must spend some time in a good second hand bookshop one day (if my other half lets me)
Barter Books is brilliant!
If you go to the Local tab, and put in your area, you will get a list of the local bookshops and libraries that LT already knows about. Feel free to add any that are missing...
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