When it comes to writers we all have our favourites, those we know and love and trust to deliver the goods. However, it's also true that sticking to our favourites means we can get cut off from experiencing other authors. One way out of this is to read books that friends recommend.

Which is where you come in.

This year I want to read 12 new authors and I'd like their names to come from you. All you have to do is suggest an author and if you like, one of their books. I will read one book a month and, if I can, I'll review it too. The only proviso on this is having the time to both read and review the book.

Apart from novels, novellas, short stories books can also be for children, non-fiction, biographies, journalism and travel writing etc. If in doubt, please suggest and give me the opportunity to say no. The only genres I'm not interested in are chic lit, YA, sword and sourcery and possibly a few others, especially anything that is only about violence.

Anything that is too long (Shogun, War and Peace, trilogies) are out of the running given my time restrictions. Sorry.

Also, at the moment I don't have any kind of ebook reader (I'm hoping that will change after my birthday), so they cannot only be available in ebook format.

A very short list of my favourite authors are:
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Ursula le Guin
  • Laurie Lee
  • Alain de Botton
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • DBC Pierre
  • Rosemary Sutcliff
So, there you go, please enlighten me with your suggestions by adding them as comments below. I'll let you know when I have enough and when I intend to start reading them.