(ed: nice to see (the always brilliant) wodehouse in there – and for fans of the lord of the rings/tolkien genre i would recommend the gormenghast-trilogy from mervyn peake..
that they go and get lost in the castle-world peake so masterfully constructs..
peake deserves an audience at least as big as that which follows tolkien – and to my mind is the superior writer..)
Even for those writers who are firmly established as canonical and never fall out of fashion the popularity of certain key works – often those routinely adapted for film – television and radio – can come to overshadow the rest of their output.
A brilliant novelist like Laurie Lee was prolific in his day but the success of Cider With Rosie (1959) has proven the kiss of death for sales of much of the rest of his work.
In an attempt to redress the balance here are eight examples of books by revered authors that deserve a wider audience.