Saturday, February 10, 2007

First Books That Bombed

Some writers, like Stef Penney, make it big with their first novels. A surprising number of "big name" writers had first novels which totally bombed. John Walsh and Guy Adams list a few in the Independent, including Helen Fielding, Dan Brown, Salman Rushdie ... and surprise surprise ... Anthony Burgess. I had always thought Burgess' first novel was Time for a Tiger but it turns out to have been A Vision of Battlements. (What??)

Just as well their publishers gave them a second chance!

8 comments:

Chet said...

Baddd link, Sharon. The extension shoud be "exe" and not "ece". But not sure if that's the page you want us to read, actually.

bibliobibuli said...

link works fine chet. try again.

Chet said...

Yes, it does, but not the first time I clicked on it. And how interesting that the same link. with just a different letter in the extension, leads to a different article.

Rob Spence said...

Burgess's first published novel was Time for a Tiger. A Vision of Battlements was published in 1965, when Burgess claimed it had been written in the early fifties - it's clearly based on his wartime service in Gibraltar. He probably revised it for publication in 65, though.

bibliobibuli said...

ahah - mystery solved! many thanks rob

btw - the picture ... of course that's not you, is it?

Rob Spence said...

Of course it's me - rather handsome, wouldn't you say?

bibliobibuli said...

you could trim your moustache ...

Rob Spence said...

I did have a moustache until quite recently. If you want the real me, and not my sleek alter ego, there's a picture allegedly of me on Edge Hill's web site - it just looks like some tired fat bloke to me...