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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864714241
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 322

Behind The Bestsellers



From HARRY POTTER to Salman Rushdie's THE SATANIC VERSES and from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE to THE DA VINCI CODE, this book has something for every reader.

Behind the Bestsellers is a collection of fifty fascinating stories about the lives, loves and literature that inspired the world's greatest books.

Full of literary history, dinner party trivia and lore of all kinds, this is a revealing journey through the minds of writers and the events that influenced the creation of our favourite works, from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and Truman Capote's In Cold Blood via Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. Behind these famous titles are compelling and often moving tales of the authors' powerful and rich life experiences, from love to loss, from adversity to opportunity and from failure to success.J. K. Rowling, for instance, had the character of Harry Potter in her mind's eye from a young age, but it was the tragic death of her mother that gave the character a spectacular will to live. And when Charlotte Bronte's passionate bond with a charismatic Belgian professor was broken by the professor's wife, she was spurred on to pour her unrequited emotions into the novel Jane Eyre.

Celebrating the novels that have captured the imagination and respect of readers around the world, and bringing to life the brilliant and often flawed personalities responsible for their existence, Behind the Bestsellers is a must-have for every book lover.

  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864714241
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 322

About the author

Jenny Bond

Jenny Bond is an author of historical fiction whose novels have been published in Australia, New Zealand and Europe and whose non-fiction titles have been published in Australia and the USA. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Jenny earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Education at Macquarie University. Prior to her reinvention as a writer, she held the position of Head of English at Eaton House The Manor in London’s Clapham Common. Jenny also taught English and Drama for eight years at a selective high school in Sydney.

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