I was interested to read the top 30 favourite authors of Southampton library borrowers. I am currently reading Karin Slaughter, a first. The librarian, a fan of crime fiction, offered to reserve Slaughter’s new book for me, hence my knowledge of ‘fastbacks’. The majority of favourite fiction is murder and mayhem.


Top 30 Authors

• Kate Atkinson- Literary thriller, Harlan Coben likes her
• Linwood Barclay – Hitchcockinan thrillers
Mark Billingham – Crime, Tom Thorne, detective
Maeve Binchy – Storyteller
Dan Brown – Thriller fiction
one-shot2Lee Child – Thriller – Jack Reacher
Harlan Coben – Thriller mystery, Mickey, Myron Bolitar
• Martina Cole – Crime
Michael Connolly – Crime, Hieronymus Bosch & Mikey Haller
• Ken Follett – Thrillers and historical novels
• Tess Gerritsen – Romantic suspense, medical thrillers
• Philippa Gregory – Historical novels
John Grisham – Legal thrillers
P D James – Crime, detectives Cordelia Gray, Adam Dalgliesh200px-Deathinholyorders
• Peter James – Murder, mystery
Stephen King – Horror, fantasy
• Sophie Kinsella – Chick lit
• Rosamund Lupton – Crime, women sleuths
Ian McEwan – Literary novelist
Jo Nesbo – Crime, Inspector Harry Hole
James Patterson – Crime thriller, psychologist, Alex Cross
• Lesley Pearse – Contemporary fiction
• Jodi Picoult – Fiction, wide-ranging
Ian Rankin – Crime, Inspector Rebus
Kathy Reichs – Crime, Forensic anthropologist
Ruth Rendell – Psychological thriller, murder mystery, Inspector Wexford
Peter Robinson – Crime, Inspector Alan Banks
Karin Slaughter – Crime
Wilbur Smith – Historical novels
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Fairly current books – bold – have read – italicised


Sunday Heatwave

Sunday morning, after weeks of blinds down, fan on, cornflakes instead of food and lots of water, there is a breeze. With dog in boot, pad, pencil and oil pastels in bag with cushion, I drive to Westen Shore and park myself on a flat stone. The tide is just going out, the water, close to my feet. I look South, past Netley towards the Isle of Wight , put on my green cap and look . . .
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Then West . . . towards the New Forest and Fawley. Two ferries, one heading South, one North.

The dog, a poodle, is supposed to be a ‘water dog’ but just about gets her feet wet above the ankle while labradors (most popular) and other canines cavort and splash about along the shore.

The two ferries’ wakes have reached Weston Shore and I could almost be beside the sea side. I look at the water as it breaks in front of my feet. A complication of surface wind, waves, undulations from the south, transparency of water and the gold of wet shingle with reflections of light. With a tight discipline of one blue, one yellow brown and green oil pastel I look down.

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Once home, and after tea, scone and half an hour of Karin Slaughter (a first for me) I head upstairs to my studio with my pad and a need to paint.

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I choose not to include the trees of Hythe on the horizon, they cause the Solent to lose its watery endlessness.

Time for lunch – appropriately, shrimps with Cornish sea salt.