15 authors to follow on Twitter

At Mycroft Books we are fans of printed text. Bound books, pamphlets, the search through dusty stacks for that elusive great book, the smell of an old hardcover, the slight crack of glue in the spine when you open a book for the first time…

While 140 characters might not provide much chance to write Twitter can be a good way to learn more more about your favourite authors – upcoming readings, new projects, points of inspiration, as well as other writers to follow and read.

Mycroft Books is on Twitter (@MycroftBooks) and we follow a few writers as well as publishers and magazines. Read more to find out who we follow.

@salmanrushdie1 – Salman Rushdie is a Booker prize winning novelist and poet (in fact he won the Booker of Bookers in 1993 and The Best of the Booker in 2008). He has recently begun using Twitter and from September 20 will be writing a story using the service.

@chuckpalahniuk – Chuck Palahniuk is the well-known author of Fight Club, Choke, and Survivor along with a number of other novels and three non-fiction books.

@stephenfry – Along with being an actor, comedian, and director, Stephen Fry is also an avid user of Twitter and the author of several novels, non-fiction books and an autobiography.

@gladwell – Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist based in New York City. He regularly contributes to the New Yorker and has published four books, all of which were New York Times Bestsellers.

@margaretatwood – Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist. She won the Arthur C. Clarke award for science fiction for her novel The Handmaid’s Tale, and the Booker prize for The Blind Assassin.

@cityoftongues – James Bradley is an Australian novelist, editor, and critic. He is the author of Wrack, The Deep Field, and The Resurrectionist. He is also an avid user of Twitter and a blogger.

@susanorlean – Susan Orlean is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of several books including The Orchid Thief, Saturday Night, and Lazy Little Loafers.

@brendancowell – Brendan Cowell is an Australian actor, director, screenwriter and recently the author of his first novel: How It Feels.

@johnbirmingham – John Birmingham is an Australian novelist and journalist. He wrote a number of humorous short novels including He Died With A Felafel In His Hand. He has also published two Quaterly Essays (@QuarterlyEssay) and more recently a number techno-thrillers including the ‘Axis Of Time’ trilogy.

@alaindebotton – Alain de Botton is a writer and documentary maker who has written fiction: Essays In Love, and non-fiction: How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Architecture of Happiness.

@ktranter – Kirsten Tranter is an Australian novelist (and daughter of poet John Tranter) who recently wrote her first novel The Legacy which was long-listed for the 2011 Miles Franklin Award.

@nickearls – Nick Earls is an Australian author who has written a number of novels as well as stories for young adults.

@beathhigh – Ian Rankin is a Scottish crime writer. He is well known for his ‘Inspector Rebus’ detective novels set in Edinburgh where the author is based. He also wrote Dark Entries a graphic novel.

@warrenellis – Warren Ellis is an English author and graphic novelist. His first novel Crooked Little Vein was published in 2007 and he is currently working on his second novel. He is especially well known for his graphics novels and comics including Transmetropolitan and The Authority.

@augusten – Augusten Burroughs is an American author best known for his memoir Running With Scissors that was adapted into a film in 2006. He has since written further memoirs. He also published a novel Sellevision that is currently in production as a film.

If you are interested in more literary Twitter users, with our slight bias for Australians, you can check out the full list of who we follow and while you are there don’t forget to follow Mycroft Books (@Mycroft Books). If you have any suggestions of authors we might like to follow let us know!

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