Writing doesn’t have an age range. There is no too young or too old to
start writing or get published. People of all ages have made an impact
on the writing world. Here I have compiled a short list of writers whose debut book was written or published after they turned 50.
Richard Adams published Watership Down when he was 52 years of age. It became an immediate success and Adams won the two most prestigious children’s book awards in Britain. He became a full time author two years later after the publishing of his second book.
Laura Ingalls Wilder was 66 when her first novel, Little House in the Big Woods, was published by Harper & Brothers in 1932. She followed up the initial book’s success with seven more in the series prior to her death. The series has since sold over 60 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 30+ languages.
Anna Sewell started writing Black Beauty, her first and only novel, in 1871 The book was published in 1877 when she was 57 years old. Black Beauty has sold over 50 million copies, making it one of the best selling books of all time.
Frank McCourt won the Pulitzer Prize for his first book, Angela’s Ashes, a memoir he published at 66. He followed up his success with two more memoirs, ‘Tis and Teacher Man. His books sold over 10 million copies.
Millard Kaufman started writing novels after a long career as a screenwriter. He began his first novel, Bowl of Cherries, when he was 86 and published it four years later at age 90. His second novel was published posthumously.
Bryce Courtenay was 56 when his first novel, The Power of One, was published. He has gone on to write over a dozen more novels and is one of Australia’s best selling authors. He still writes today at age 79.
Donald Ray Pollock worked at a paper mill until he was 50 when he enrolled in Ohio State University’s English program and published a short story collection four years later. The Devil All the Time, his first novel, was published in 2011 when he was 57.
Nirad C. Chaudhuri was a political commentator in India and published his first book in 1951, An Autobiography of an Unknown Indian. He was 54. He continued on to write an additional ten books, the last published three years before his death when he was 99.
Mary Wesley was 57 when her first two children’s novels were published in 1969, but she didn’t achieve fame until she began writing novels for adults in 1983. She wrote and published a total of seven novels during her 70s. Her books have sold over 3 million copies.
I’ve been thinking about doing a list of my top ten most anticipated books for the last week or so, but needed to get my thoughts together because 2016 LOOKS AWESOME! Not only are there amazing movies coming out this coming year, but it’s quickly becoming a highly promising year for books as well!
Feel free to create your own list and let me know that you’ve created one so I can check it out and share it on my blog (also, so I can add more books to my growing TBR, hehe).
Everyone is talking about this book and why the hell not? The first book, Red Queen took the lit world by storm. A mix of The Hunger Games + The Selection (only crueler) + X-Men, the Red Queen series is a kickass book worth a checkout. I need this book. Right. Now.
I won’t lie, I wasn’t a huge fan of Bracken’s first book*, The Darkest Minds. But I’ve been hearing about this book for the last couple of weeks and recently watched the book trailer (which is here) and I’m excited. I’m going to give Bracken’s writing one more go because I’m genuinely curious to see where this is going to go. Also, the trailer sold me. One of the best book trailers–hands down.
Morgan Matson has a new book coming out in 2016. I repeat, she has a new book coming out in 2016! I love this author and how she’s able to give me a story about life without it being boring, or too heavy. Matson is definitely an auto-buy for me and after reading the synopsis, I’m definitely hooked.
I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte when I was in University and it quickly became a favourite. Add to my fascination the fact that this is a re-telling with a title that’s a play on words on Heathcliff’s name? Call me immediately intrigued.
Despite the love-triangle potential, I am anticipating this one. The premise sounds incredibly intriguing and vaguely makes me think of the Throne of Glass series. As @yasminereads stated when we were talking about this book: “Judging by the summary, it has the potential to be extremely mediocre or really, really good.” Here’s crossing my fingers!
I hadn’t read the synopsis thoroughly until I watched a booktuber describe this book as a “Save the Cheerleader, Save the world” kind of book (booktuber video is here.) Time travel seems to be a huge theme in 2016 and I’m all for it.
I’m a huge sucker for Young Adult traveling books and when I read the synopsis for this book, I knew this would be a book I’d definitely want to read in 2016. Also, the potential need for kleenex? Sign me up.
I really enjoyed Jen Malone’s Map to the Stars, which released as an ebook-only book earlier this year, so I’m pretty excited for this one. Plus, hey, this is about traveling, too. SO excited to read this!
I’m really into comics and the occasional geeky hobby, so the moment I saw this cover and then read the synopsis, I knew this book was meant to be on my most anticipated TBR of 2016. I mean, this cover says so much and speaks to my soul.
BONUS–Books that have no titles/covers, but that I can’t wait for:
1. Michael Vey book 6 by Richard Paul Evans (Dammit, why do I have to wait for you?!?!)
2. Illuminae book 2 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Surprising series that kicked ass in the first book.)
3. Throne of Glass book 5 by Sarah J. Maas (even though I’ve yet to read the 4th one…oops.)
*Oops, that wasn’t Bracken’s first book, but it was the first book I read by her!
So many good books, so little time…better start reading!