The American crime novelist wrote pulp detective fiction often featuring his detective character, Mike Hammer. The books were, and still are, very popular having sold more than 225 million copies internationally. Critics fought against some of the more sexually explicit and violet aspects of his books but Spillane knew what his fans liked, and more importantly to him, what they liked to pay for.
He died in South Carolina, US on the 17th of July in 2006, and his ashes were scattered in a creek near his home there.
Ellison moved to New York in 1936 where he wrote many reviews and short stories and first met Rosa Araminter Poindexter, who became his wife in 1938. It was, however, his second wife Fanny McConnell who supported him whilst he wrote his most famous work “Invisible Man” (US – UK), which was published in 1952. This story of a man’s search for identity, won him the National Book Award in 1953. Read More
The German writer was best known for his drama Faust, however he was also an accomplished writer, philosopher, and scientist.
He wrote Metamorphosis of Plants (1790) and Theory of Colors (1810), and helped make great strides in natural sciences and inspired fellow scientists for many years after.
He graduated form Oxford in 1928 and after spending a year in Germany returned to the UK to become a teacher.
Possibly best known for his poem “Funeral Blues”, made famous by the film Four Weddings and a Funeral. He won the Pulizer Prize in 1947 for “The Age of Anxiety”. Read More
Born in Oakland, California to Chinese immigrants, John and Daisy Tan who escaped to America in order to get away from the Chinese Civil War. After school, Tan would receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English and linguistics before writing her first novel The Joy Luck Club (US – UK). Read More
Born in Dublin to a staunchly republican family, Behan became a member of the Irish Republic Army’s youth division at the age of fourteen, and joined the main IRA at 16, leading to him serving time in borstal and prison in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Read More
His work has seen him win book prizes and renown in literary circles, and has given us many excellent quotes.
“Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna’s enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined. [It] is a novel about Africa in a wider sense: about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class and race – and about the ways in which love can complicate all of these things.”