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April 1, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

My Top 10 interesting facts about authors…

1. Marian Keyes didn’t set out to be a writer and studied Law and Accountancy before she discovered her talent lay in writing.

2. As well as her novels Margaret Atwood has also published 15 books of poetry of which are mainly inspired by fairy tales and myths which is a personal interest of hers.

3. George Eliot (author of Silas Marner) is a pseudonym. Her real name is Mary Ann Evans but at the time it was unusual for women to publish novels and if they did they were usually romances which she wanted to steer away from so she decided to write under a male pen name in the hope that her work would be taken more seriously.

4. Ben Elton is a comedian as well as an author and has written a fair few jokes for fellow comedian, Rowan Atkinson.

5. Scarlett Thomas is undertaking study of Ethnobotany (the relationship between people and plants)

6. Author of The Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R Martin, was always destined to be an author. He began by selling stories about monsters, to local children, for pennies.

7. The wonderful Mr Shakespeare is responsible for coining over 1700 of the words that we still commonly use today, including bump and gnarled.

8. Audrey Niffenegger’s first books were printed and bound by hand.

9. Before it was brought out in paperback, J.K Rowling made 7 original copies of the Tales of the Beedle and the Bard, 6 of which she gave to friends/family and the 7th of which she auctioned off to Amazon.com for $3.98 million to raise money for charity. She hand wrote and illustrated (is there no end to her talents) these copies herself and Amazon’s bid made it the most expensive modern manuscript bought at auction.

10. I live just down the road from Jane Austen’s house and my boyfriend Ben (who is a carpenter – like Jesus) worked on restoring the windows a few years ago.

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  1. fallingthroughtheworld / Apr 2 2013 7:28 pm

    Ben worked on restoring the windows at Jane Austen’s house 😼 That is soooo cool!

  2. calmgrove / Jul 6 2013 3:38 pm

    You’re probably not too far away too from Eversley, aren’t you? This is where Charles Kingsley was rector when he wrote The Water-Babies.

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