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Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  9 reviews
They were popular, influential and often hugely successful, but then they vanished from bookshelves, even in their own lifetimes.

There are a great many authors we grew up with whose books became touchstones in our lives, who have simply disappeared. Adopting false identities, switching genders, losing fortunes, descending into alcoholism, discovering new careers, the stor
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Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published January 23rd 2013 by Strange Attractor Press (first published October 1st 2012)
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Nigeyb
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared is a marvellous little book and a trove of inspiration. I heartily recommend it. Where Christopher Fowler really succeeds is in making each entry amusing, enticing, and intriguing, and, as a consequence, he made me want to read something by virtually all of them.

The book consists of 100 short, snappy pen pictures of all manner of forgotten writers (or forgotten books by well known writers) taken from a series of articles originally written by Chr
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Andrew
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay lets get the bias and the criticisms out the way first. First of all I am a huge Christopher Fowler fan - not only does he write amazing stories and articles but its the sheer depth of knowledge and variety that always makes it entertaining to read what he has to say.

That said this book is amazing - (yes its my criticism stay with me) - but it has no index nor does it have a simple contents list. I know reading other reviews that I am not alone in this issue. Time I have stumbled across an
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AdiTurbo
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed re-discovering great authors I might have missed or that have become obscure now. I found many suggestions of books I would love to try and get my hands on, and this is always a joy for me. I hope Fowler continues the work with another book that offers even more lost books to try.
David
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One or two page essays on 100 authors (the majority British) who despite enjoying some level of success (in some cases major success) have virtually disappeared from public consciousness.

For every author who is rightfully forgotten like Richard Bach and T. Lobsang Rampa, there are a number of authors who are well worth seeking out such as William Haggard, Edmund Crispin, Lionel Davidson, Richard Hughes, Gladys Mitchell & Barbara Pym.

I've long been a fan of some of the writers that Fowler mentio
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Stephanie Patterson
Fowler is the author of the wonderful Bryant and May mysteries. Some years ago I recommended the cleverly titled Full Dark House to anyone who wanted a funny crime novel. This is a collection of his columns from The Independent on Sunday.

Some of these folks have not disappeared, I think. Georgette Heyer is still very popular, but not given the respect that Fowler thinks she deserves. He also talks about lesser known books by well known writers: Charles Dickens’ ghost stories and Oscar Wilde’s fa
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Mary Beth
Interesting read. I would have liked it more with footnotes, but from what I understand these are newspaper articles that were gathered up into a book without further editing, so I suppose that makes sense. The author focuses more on suspense novelists than other genres, but there are still a broad range of authors from other genres presented. I'm happy to have read it because I came away with some new authors to explore and because it made my day that he remembered Barbara Pym. ...more
Rose-Ellen
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Christopher Fowler’s book “Invisible Ink: How 100 Great Authors Disappeared” because I enjoyed his Bryant & May series, and figured he would highlight some authors of same or similar type of writing. I did come away with quite a few potential authors whose writing I might pursue in the future. What I expected was to discover authors who had achieved at least one big success but who have become almost unknown now. My biggest surprise was that Charles
Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram S
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Ann Smith
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A collection of articles from The Independent on Sunday, this was a fairly interesting read. Some of the authors included I had never heard of, although I was surprised at how often I had actually come across their work without knowing they were the author. A few, such as Edmund Crispin & Sarah Caudwell are still much cherished by me. Others I remembered as hugely popular in their day but had almost forgotten - Mazo de la Roche brought back memories of library shelves filled with rather lurid pi ...more
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Christopher Fowler is an English novelist living in London, his books contain elements of black comedy, anxiety and social satire. As well as novels, he writes short stories, scripts, press articles and reviews.

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