Calling all the so-called literary experts in the blogosphere


Think you are experiencing de ja vu? Bear with me.

While we all know there are many individuals who profess to be experts on certain subjects, especially here in the blogosphere, the day before yesterday I decided to set a challenge for the so-called literary experts who still pounce from time to time from among my many blog followers. These particular individuals always insist that as they know everything when it comes to literature, at least according to them, that it follows they are always right. Needless to say it came as no surprise whatsoever when they failed to participate. Only one person had the decency to comment by stating that they didn’t know any of the authors listed, which was fair enough.

So ‘experts’ now its time for you all to either put up or shut up, once and for all. If none of the self styled editors, armchair critics, pedants and literary snobs who follow my blog fail to take up my challenge, you will have proven my point yet again that each and every one of you are nothing more than nonentities with highly inflated opinions of yourselves! You know who you are, so here’s your chance to prove me wrong. I offer all of you the same challenge once again.


What is the difference between writers and readers? Writers read in order to write while readers simply do it for pleasure. When it comes to the writer, our personal libraries differ markedly from yours, being largely filled with books we use for research. Now, stand by for a test of your knowledge of some well known leading authors. The twenty-five names I have listed below are responsible for ninety-nine percent of my reference library, each one of them is a recognised expert in their particular subject.

Robert Bauval

Graham Hancock

Michael Wood

Arthur C. Clark

Isaac Asimov

Steven O’Shea

Christopher Knight

Robert Lomas

John Man

Brian Bates

Nikolai Tolstoy

Joyce Tyldesley

Peter Unwin

Gwyn Jones

Professor Francis Pryor

Simon Young

Peter Berresford Ellis

Bernard Vassallo

Bernard Cornwell

John Lee Anderson

Immanuel Velikovsky

J.F.C. Fuller

Sarah Bartlett

Colin Wilson

Ian Shaw


You’ve seen the list, so now is the time to put your knowledge to the test. How many of you can name one non-fiction book by each of the authors listed, bearing in mind that some in the list have also produced collaborative non-fiction works. While you are thinking about your answers, and just to confuse matters, a few of them like Arthur C. Clark, Bernard Cornwell and Isaac Asimov are also known for fictional titles.

For the purposes of the exercise, search engines are out of bounds!!!

Honesty is the key. Just leave your answers as a comment below the post – author first, then title.

Β The challenge has been thrown down. Will you take it up, or will you shut up?

PS – I might add that two of the prominent authors in the above list who I count among my personal friends, were not surprised in the least by the total lack of response the other day, when they read the post. All three of us await your participation, or lack of it, with interest…


13 thoughts on “Calling all the so-called literary experts in the blogosphere

  1. I’ve been prompted by your reply to my comment to explore the non-fiction work of these authors. However, I must say, after leaving my comment, it occurred to me that I’ve read non-fiction work by authors not on the list. Authors I like.

    So, on my list I would include Kingsley Amis, Milan Kundera, Peter Ackroyd and Umberto Eco. It’s always interesting to read the thoughts of authors and gain an insight into their expertise. (I just wish Eco could write some of his fiction with the same clarity he writes his non-fiction!)

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  2. I must have missed the first post Jack – I have read several of the authors books, but can’t think of their expertise, although I THINK Arthur C. Clarke was an inventor? But can’t remember anything he invented…(I’m only a silly old ape after all – what do you expect)

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  3. Well, just to make it clear I’m not a “self styled editor, armchair critic, pedant or literary snob,” I’ll admit that most of these authors are unknown to me. The only actual titles I can recall (without looking them up) by Arthur C. Clark and Isaac Asimov are The City and the Stars and The Foundation Trilogy, respectively. These are, of course, fiction, so don’t count. Three others from your list actually connected: Colin Wilson wrote The Strength to Dream, a critique of H.P. Lovecraft. Nikolai Tolstoy wrote The Quest for Merlin. I own a copy, and just peered at its spine to make sure I got the title right (hope that wasn’t cheating). And Immanuel Velikovsky is, I think, the author of Worlds in Collision, which I have not read.

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  4. Update – as my two author friends and I suspected, not one of the offenders dared to comment. So here’s hoping they all keep their heads down from now on, unless they wish to be named and shamed! πŸ˜‰


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