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The 10 Most Frequent Authors on People’s Bookshelves

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There’s nothing like the feeling of falling in love...with author whose work is new to you. Discovery is one of the joys of reading. But bookworms also value knowing which authors are going to do it for them every time. We asked our Bookwitty community which authors appear as regulars on their bookshelves. Here are the top ten, each represented by one of their most beloved books.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin! 

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When the Music's Over

In a remote countryside lane in North Yorkshire, the body of a young girl is found, bruised and beaten, apparently having been thrown from a moving vehicle... 

While DI Annie Cabbot struggles with a controversial case threatening to cause uproar in the local community, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Alan Banks must piece together decades-old evidence in a cold case. As each steps closer to uncovering the truth, they'll unearth secrets much darker than they ever could have guessed.

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'Salem's Lot

'Salem's Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk.  Ben Mears, a moderately successful writer, returns to the Lot to write a novel based on his early years, and to exorcise the terrors that have haunted him since childhood. The event he witnessed in the house now rented by a new resident. A newcomer with a strange allure. A man who causes Ben some unease as things start to happen: a child disappears, a dog is brutally killed - nothing unusual, except the list starts to grow. Soon surprise will turn to bewilderment, bewilderment to confusion and finally to terror . . .

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Watchers

They escape from a secret government project: two mutant creatures, both changed utterly from the animals they once were. And no one who encounters them will ever be the same again. A lonely widower, a ruthless assassin, a beautiful woman, and a government agent are drawn together in a deadly hunt, inexorably propelled towards a confrontation with an evil beyond human imagining.

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Murder on the Orient Express

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer—in case he or she decides to strike again.

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations traces the growth of its narrator, Pip, from a boy of shallow dreams to a man with depth of character. From its famous dramatic opening on the bleak Kentish marshes, the story abounds with some of Dickens' most memorable characters. Among them are the kindly blacksmith Joe Gargery; the mysterious convict Abel Magwitch; the eccentric Miss Haversham and her beautiful ward Estella; Pip's good-hearted room-mate Herbert Pocket and the pompous Pumblechook. 

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No Humans Involved

Necromancer Jaime Vegas is on a television shoot in Brentwood, Los Angeles when weird things start to happen. Invisible hands brush her arms, she sees movements out of the corner of her eye, unintelligible fragments of words are whispered in her ear. Jaime is determined to get to the bottom of this, but she doesn't realise how low her investigation will take her, or what human-based horror she will uncover. As Jamie delves through the dark underside of Los Angeles she'll need as much Otherworld help as she can get to survive unscathed. But Jeremy, the alpha-werewolf is there by her side to offer his protection. And maybe more than that ...

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A Duty to the Dead

Dedicated to helping the many wounded during the Great War, Bess Crawford receives a desperate request from a dying lieutenant while serving as a nurse aboard a hospital ship. 

Back home in England, Bess receives an unexpected response from the dead soldier's family, for neither Jonathan Graham' his mother' nor his younger brother admit to understanding what the message means.

But the Grahams are harboring a grim secret, and Bess must, somehow, get to the bottom of it. 

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The World According To Garp

This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields—a feminist leader ahead of her times. It is also the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes - even of sexual assassinations. It is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow," yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust. It provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: "In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases."

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Ham On Rye

The autobiographical Ham on Rye is widely considered to be Charles Bukowsi's finest novel. A classic of American literature, it offers powerful insight into his youth through the prism of his alter-ego Henry Chinaski, who grew up to be the legendary Hank Chinaski of Post Office and Factotum.

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