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Haruki Murakami Books in Order

Haruki Murakami Books in Order (1Q84, Norwegian Wood, Drive My Car)

  • Fabien 

All of Haruki Murakami’s books!

Who is Haruki Murakami?

Haruki Murakami is a bestselling award-winning Japanese writer whose work has been translated into 50 languages. He is known for exploring genres like science fiction, fantasy, and crime fiction, and has become known for its use of magical realist elements.

Inspired by authors like Raymond Chandler, Kurt Vonnegut, and Richard Brautigan, Haruki Murakami’s most notable works include the novels Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, and 1Q84.

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Alexander McCall Smith Books in Order

Alexander McCall Smith Books in Order (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Detective Varg, 44 Scotland Street and more)

  • Fabien 

All of Alexander McCall Smith’s Books!

Who is Alexander McCall Smith?

Former Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh raised in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Alexander McCall Smith is a best-selling British writer who started by publishing academic texts and children’s books.

Of course, now he is known for The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, 44 Scotland Street series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, and more!

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Mary Alice Monroe Books in Order

Mary Alice Monroe Books in Order (Beach House, The Islanders, Lowcountry Summer)

  • Carole 

All of Mary Alice Monroe’s Books!

Who is Mary Alice Monroe?

Born in 1951, Marie Alice Monroe is a novelist and environmental conversationalist who studied journalism before married in 1972 Markus Kruesi, a child psychiatrist. Following their honeymoon in Japan, Marie Alice Monroe was inspired to study Asian culture and became bilingual in Japanese, and earned her master’s degree. 

Before becoming an author, Mary Alice Monroe worked as an assistant to the general editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica, as a teacher, and helped establish a program to teach English as a second language to southeast Asian refugees. In 1980, she first co-wrote a non-fiction book, Crossroads to Literacy, which served as a guide to help immigrants acclimate to life in the United States.

It’s only in 1995 that Monroe began writing her first fiction novel. As she was confined to bed during the last months of her third pregnancy, she took up the pen and wrote The Long Road Home. Her first novels are all about women overcoming tragedy and developing interpersonal relationships.

Her writings evolved after her family relocated to the Isle of Palms and shifted to deal with environmental issues, as seen in The Beach House (2002), where Monroe wrote about a mother-daughter relationship and the conservationist’s efforts to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles.

Mary Alice Monroe has received numerous awards, including the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence. Nearly eight million copies of her books have been published worldwide.

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Kate Morton Books in Order

Kate Morton Books in Order (The Clockmaker’s Daughter, The Lake House)

  • Carole 

All of Kate Morton’s Books!

Who is Kate Morton?

Kate Morton is the name of a character in the BBC Soap EastEnders, but also the name of the famous Australian writer. Born in 1976 in a little town in South Australia, Kate Morton move a few times before the family settle in Tamborine Mountain, The oldest of three sisters, she earned a Licentiate in Speech and Drama from Trinity College, London, and completed a summer Shakespeare course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. During a time, Kate Morton thought about having a career in theatre and she continued to act whilst completing her Master degree in English Literature. She then realized that she preferred writing to acting.

She would write two manuscripts, unpublished, before writing what would become her first published novel, The House at Riverton. It became a New York Times bestseller and received multiple awards. She is now one of the biggest Australian author, having sold more than 11 millions books in 42 countries. She lives in London with her husband Davin Patterson, a jazz musician and composer, and their three children.

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Richard Powers Books in Order

Richard Powers Books in Order (The Overstory, Echo Maker, Bewilderment)

  • Carole 

All of the Books!

Who is Richard Powers?

Born in 1957, Richard Powers is a celebrated American novelist, winner of the National Book Award in 2006 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2019, among others. Powers was working as a programmer at Boston when he quit his job after being inspired to write a book after seeing the 1914 photograph “Young Farmers” by August Sander at the Museum of Fine Arts.

His books explore themes connected to science and technology, but the nature of consciousness, history, and moral obligation. Genetics, artificial intelligence, bio-terrorism, our connection to nature, and how an individual life might still make a difference in this world are part of Richard Powers’ tapestry.

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Cormac McCarthy Books in Order

Cormac McCarthy Books in Order (The Passenger, No Country for Old Men, The Road, Blood Meridian)

  • Carole 

All of Cormac McCarthy’s Books!

Who is Cormac McCarthy?

Born Charles McCarthy in 1933, Providence, Rhode Island, but raised in Tennessee, Cormac McCarthy is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Since the publication of his first book, he enjoyed positive reviews but it’s with All the Pretty Horses in 1992 that McCarthy gained widespread success. For this book, he received both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize with his novel, The Road.

Many of his books have been adapted into movies, including No Country for Old Men, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film won four awards at the 80th Academy Awards (including Best Picture).

Today, McCarthy is considered one of the most important living American novelists and his fifth novel, Blood Meridian, has even been labelled by some as ‘the Great American Novel’. 

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Sally Rooney Books in Order

Sally Rooney Books in Order (Normal People, Conversations with Friends)

  • Carole 

All of the Books!

Who is Sally Rooney?

Sally Rooney is an Irish writer and screenwriter, already regarded as one of the foremost millennial writers. She even has been called the ‘Salinger for the Snapchat generation’. 

Born in 1991, Sally Rooney grew up in Castlebar, County Mayo and studied English at Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in 2013.

She found success immediately, as her first book, Conversations with Friends, published in 2017 by Faber and Faber, has been the subject to a seven-party auction for its publishing rights.

Her second, Normal People, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018, and Rooney worked on the television adaptation as a 12 part series.

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Colson Whitehead Books in Order

Colson Whitehead Books in Order (The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys, Harlem Shuffle)

  • Fabien 

All of the Books!

Who is Colson Whitehead?

Arch Colson Chipp Whitehead is an American author mostly known for his fiction novels—but he also published non-fiction books, essays and short stories in The New Yorker. After graduating from Harvard University in 1991, he started working for The Village Voice. During that time, he began drafting his first novels. 

In 2002, he received a MacArthur Genius Grant, won two Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (in 2017 and 2020), the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction, and a lot more. The most famous and celebrated books written Colson Whitehead are The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys.

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