Raymond Chandler was born on the 23rd of July 1888, and died on the 26th of March 1959. He was an American novelist and screenwriter with many successful novels and works under his belt. After losing his job during the Great Depression, Chandler started writing detective fiction, and in 1933 his first short story Blackmailers Don’t Shoot, was published in a pulp magazine.
Chandler is considered the founder for his type of American detective genre, and is still an inspirational and influential author.
Born in Bromley South London to a Pakistani father and an English mother, His father harboured dreams of writing but his ambitions were never realised. In contrast, his son Hanif is considered to be one of the greatest British writers and actually made the Times list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Read More
Last year’s winner was Christopher Bollen, an American novelist whose passage describing the protagonist’s love interest is both weird and utterly unsexy:
“She covers her breasts with her swimsuit. The rest of her remains so delectably exposed. The skin along her arms and shoulders are different shades of tan like water stains in a bathtub. Her face and vagina are competing for my attention, so I glance down at the billiard rack of my penis and testicles.”
The original questions were a Victorian version of the personality quizzes from Buzzfeed of Playbuzz where we find out which Spice Girl we are most like or what fruit we could have been in a past life… Sort of. The answers given are supposed to offer an insight into the personality of whoever is answering.
Originally given to Marcel Proust by his female friend Antoinette, the manuscript was not seen by the public until after Proust’s death. This unfortunately meant that Proust was given all the credit for the questionnaire when in part it should have gone to Antoinette. Such is the life of a woman- to be basically ignored while a man takes credit. Anyway, I digress… The pop legend David Bowie answered these back in the 70s, and the book of the best star answers was published in 2009- available now to purchase!
Tracy is well known for her 2000 novel The Girl With The Pearl Earring that was adapted for the big screen and starred Scarlett Johansson. Her other novels include Remarkable Creatures; The Lady and The Unicorn; and The Virgin Blue.
McCourt returned to NewYork in 1949, where he managed to survive doing odd jobs, until he was drafted during The Korean War. On his discharge he managed to bluff his way into New York University, where in 1957 he graduated with a batchelor’s degree in English. He went on to teach at six schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan and earned his master’s degree in 1967. Read More
During his time there he was also a contributing editor for Flying magazine and Avian, before finally writing his first novel Jonathan Livingstone Seagull in 1970. Bach went on to have a full literary career, writing many fiction and nonfiction books, most of which were somehow based around flying. Read More