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Books and authors recommended by people from Twitter

  • Ben Okri – Famished Road recommended by @Vanalli
  • J. R. Ackerley – We Think The World of You recommended by @marksimpsonist
  • Carlos Castaneda recommended by @igorc166
  • Roberto Bolano, Dostoyevsky and Haruki Murakami recommended by @on_off_course
  • Tim Winton recommended by @Nganadeeleg
  • Kazuo Ishiguro, Jonathan Lethem, Peter Hoeg, Rupert Thomson and Ian McEwan recommended by @jezzabkk
  • Joseph Heller – Catch-22, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare and Heinrich Heine recommended by @Ryn_writes
  • Hoeg: Woman and the Ape, Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, The Quiet Girl, Tales of the Night (shorts) recommended by @jezzabkk
  • Thomson: The Insult, Soft, Book of Revelation, Death of a Murderer recommended by @jezzabkk
  • Jim Crace’s ‘Being Dead’ and the Louis de Bernieres South American trilogy recommended by @jezzabkk
  • China Melville, Ballard and David Peace recommended by @on_off_course
  • Brendan Behan recommended by @PaulGarrigan
  • Brian Jacques, Roald Dahl and “Death By Blackhole” by Neil Degrasse Tyson recommended by @fishmyman
  • The short stories of Katherine Mansfield, the novels of Christopher Isherwood, and the essays of Roland Barthes recommended by @Notorious_QRG
  • Gore Vidal – Myra Breckenridge recommended by @argillaceousvis
  • Gore Vidal – The City & The Pillar recommended by the daddy of Metrosexuality and the author of “Metrosexy”, @marksimpsonist
  • The Amtrak War Series by Patrick Tilley recommended by @bangkokram
  • David Meerman-Scott recommended by @bangkokbugle
  • Thomas Mann, Dostojevski, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dan Brown and Grisham recommended by @BangkokDan

That’s it. I hope I have included all the books and the authors that were kindly and generously recommended by people who I asked on Twitter, apart from one person: @bangkokdave who is probably allergic to literature!   ^__^

And for me, it is pretty obvious which author and books I am going to recommend: Haruki Murakami – Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. The first book is the only novel that has made me cry. The second is probably his funniest and most playful novel and the third is his most awesome and metaphysical book which I have in three editions.

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Could you kindly tell me who your favourite author is?

I am thinking of broadening my literary perspective. I read many books of various genres anyway.  What I like to read, however, tends to be novels from revered and well respected authors. This makes me look like a literary snob, which to some extent, is an appropriate description of who I am. I am unapologetic for that. What I would like to do is to ask people to recommend a novel from one of their favourite novelists that is especially meaningful to them. I would appreciate it if you would share it with me. It would be a real boon to this unenlightened reader.

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