Great Late Discoveries

Well just in case you hadn’t realised, because you’ve been in Outer Mongolia for a week or two, I have just enjoyed reading Reasons for Being by Clare Dudman. Over on DoveGreyReader the great late discovery is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

Now as far as I’m concerned discovering something for yourself far outweighs having it thrust upon you by others. You can still savour a tasty morsel that someone dangles in front of you so many times on the end of their fork that you have to open your mouth and experience it, but how much more sweet is the solitary ingestion of a new flavour of icecream that until now you didn’t even know existed.

So I’m wondering, dear reader(s), is there a book that you finally found, years after everyone else? Stuck-in-Book touches on this subject in his occasional series, 50 Books You Must Read But May Not Have Heard About, though I have the feeling that on the whole most of his books were read by only a few, even when they were first published. So I’m not asking for an elitist find, just something that everyone else had been aware of except you.



3 Responses to “Great Late Discoveries”

  1. Harriet Says:

    I have quite a few — Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda, which won the Booker yonks ago, anything by Penelope Lively, anything by Ian McEwan. All discovered this year — and a little embarrassing really not have have read these greats.

  2. Dawn Says:

    I’m going to have to check out stuck in a book! Thanks for that link….love reading things others aren’t!

  3. Simon Says:

    The Go-Between! I’m about forty years late, but have just started it, and it’s wonderful… probably not quite what you meant. Since I read so little modern lit, I’m not really sure what I’m on time with and what I’m missing out on… still have that Kevin book to read, so perhaps I’ll be in a few years late on that. Having said that, I have read The Lovely Bones, back in 2004. Wasn’t overly impressed…

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