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9 Really Good Lesser-Known books by famous writers

Jimmy Lovesey
 
Villette (Oxford World's Classics)
Villette (Oxford World's Classics)
"A must for fans of gothic romance. This stunner is more gripping than Jane Eyre and doesn't rely on trite unbelievable plot devices (e.g. Jane psychically hearing Rochester in trouble). Brilliant."
Gather Together In My Name
Gather Together In My Name
"Short, snappy  and intoxicating. Maya takes us on a rollercoaster ride of events after the sentimental end to caged bird. The seediest chapter of her life leads to my fave of her six autobiographies"
Northanger Abbey (Penguin Classics)
Northanger Abbey (Penguin Classics)
"A truly delightful novel, as Austen (in the 1st major work she wrote) subverts and distorts the world of gothic literature. My 2nd fave Austen (after Mansfield Park)."
Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions (Routledge Classics)
Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions (Routledge Classics)
"Written before Being and Nothingness this serves as a good introduction to Satre's thoughts and ideas, before tackling the later work."
The Robber Bride
The Robber Bride
"An often overlooked classic from the superb Mags Atwood. Zenia is a great creation and the three main characters come together to weave a fascinating and entrancing tale."
The Passion (Contemporary classics)
The Passion (Contemporary classics)
"Everyone I know seems to think Lighthousekeeping is Winterson's 3rd novel (After OANTOF and STC). Think like these fools and you will have missed out on this fantastic work."
Crossing the Water
Crossing the Water
"Between publication of the hit and miss The Collossus and the posthumous Ariel, Plath wrote a plethora of poetry, some of which is very good. Along with Winter Trees this charts her work inbetween."
Of Love and Other Demons
Of Love and Other Demons
"After the movie Serendipity, every girl I know wanted a copy of Love in the Time of Cholera. But if you only read one Marquez book, forget that (and 100 Years of Solitude) and pick up this bad boy"
The Child In Time
The Child In Time
"Less blah than Atonement ,and with more involving and realistic characters than Enduring Love, this novel is truly moving."