Imatge de l'autor

Susan Howatch

Autor/a de Glittering Images

58+ obres 7,558 Membres 133 Ressenyes 31 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Susan Howatch was born on July 14, 1940 in England. She graduated from the University of London in 1961 and served as a law clerk and secretary in the early 1960s before becoming a full-time writer. She writes in a variety of genres, including mystery, romance, and historical fiction. Her books mostra'n més include The Dark Shore, April's Grave, Penmarric, and the six-volume Starbridge series. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Susan Howatch

Glittering Images (1987) 756 exemplars
Penmarric (1971) 753 exemplars
Cashelmara (1974) 653 exemplars
The Wheel of Fortune (1984) 557 exemplars
Glamorous Powers (1988) 520 exemplars
Ultimate Prizes (1989) 452 exemplars
Absolute Truths (1994) 433 exemplars
The Rich Are Different (1977) 428 exemplars
Mystical Paths (1992) 421 exemplars
Scandalous Risks (1990) 417 exemplars
The Wonder Worker (1997) 406 exemplars
Sins of the Fathers (1980) 363 exemplars
The High Flyer (1999) 327 exemplars
The Heartbreaker (2003) 265 exemplars
The Shrouded Walls (1968) 95 exemplars
The Dark Shore (1965) 94 exemplars
The Waiting Sands (1890) 84 exemplars
Call in the Night (1967) 76 exemplars
The Devil on Lammas Night (1970) 68 exemplars
April's Grave (1973) 57 exemplars
The Wheel of Fortune, Vol. 1 (1984) 31 exemplars
The Wheel of Fortune: Volume 2 (1984) 27 exemplars
Penmarric [1979 TV series] — Screenwriter — 5 exemplars
A Susan Howatch treasury (1968) 3 exemplars
Un JARDIN DE ROSES EN HIVER (1981) 2 exemplars
Teuflische Liebe (1978) 1 exemplars
ROUE DE LA FORTUNE 1 exemplars
Dimmornas hus 1 exemplars
Areias movediças 1 exemplars
Bloemen van het verderf (1985) 1 exemplars
Any 1 exemplars
Skremmende spor 1 exemplars
OMNIBUS (1982) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

The Cruise (1995) — Col·laborador — 14 exemplars
Scandalous Truths: Essays By and About Susan Howatch (2005) — Col·laborador — 4 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Altres noms
Sturt, Susan Elizabeth
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Leatherhead, Surrey, England, UK
Llocs de residència
Leatherhead, Surrey, England, UK
New York, New York, USA
London, England, UK
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK
King's College, London
Gillon Aitken Associates Ltd
Biografia breu
Born Susan Elizabeth Sturt in Leatherhead, Surrey, England, she was the daughter of a stockbroker, and went to school at Sutton High School. She was an only child whose father was killed during World War II, but she has described her childhood as a happy one.

She obtained a degree in law from King's College London in 1961. In 1964, she emigrated to the United States, where she worked as a secretary in New York City. She married Joseph Howatch, a sculptor and writer, that year and began her career as a writer, finding success almost immediately with her intricately detailed gothic novels. A daughter was born to the couple in 1971. Upon separating from her husband in 1975, Howatch returned to England, then lived in the Republic of Ireland from 1976–80 before moving back to England permanently in 1980.

After her latter return to England, Howatch found herself "rich, successful, and living exactly where I wanted to live," but feeling a spiritual emptiness which she ascribed to "trying to hold my divided self together" and questioning her life and what she should do with it.

She had settled in Salisbury out of love for the beauty of the town, but found herself increasingly drawn to Salisbury Cathedral; eventually she began to study Anglican Christianity in earnest. She experienced a spiritual epiphany, and concluded that she should continue to write novels, but to "set forth my discoveries in the light of faith, no matter how feeble and inadequate my beginner's faith was." This personal turning point culminated in Howatch's most successful and popular works, the Starbridge series.



e time is 1940. Jonathan Darrow is an Anglican priest when he receives a shattering vision and knows he must leave the monastery that has been his home for seventeen years. As he plunges into the temptations of the real world, a crisis sends him into the labyrinth of his past to pluck out the buried truth beneath the deceptions he has been living through.

When I picked this up, I thought that there would be a certain approach taken on the narrator's psychic powers, and the initial scene, where he has a vision, added to my belief. How wrong I was!

The main character is a 60 year old widow and father of two who has spent the last 17 years in religious order. The first quarter of the book covers 2 months of discussions with his superior as he tries to leave the order. When he finally does, he travels around a bit, alienates his daughter and (let's face it) homosexual alcoholic son, then gets married to a woman half his age he's only known for 2 months, and gets set up as a local curate.

This book is very heavy on the Christian church process, very wordy, sometimes very heavy. Sometimes his very "deep" discources (e.g. on the afterworld/grief) appear more of a lecture to the reader, and makes his listener (in the above case, his wife), appear to be rather stupid.

I dont believe I completed it, as I struggled to get beyond halfway
… (més)
nordie | Hi ha 6 ressenyes més | Oct 14, 2023 |
692 pages of upperclass Brits behaving badly in Ireland. Not worth the time.
Gifford_MacShane | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | Mar 30, 2023 |
Clearly the author’s early work: the plotting and pace is good but the gender portrayals will grind for most modern readers: brittle women and chauvinistic men without much reflection on that, which is odd for works written at the start of second wave feminism.
SuzieD | Jan 3, 2023 |
gutierrezmonge | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | Oct 18, 2022 |



Potser també t'agrada

Autors associats


També de
Pedres de toc

Gràfics i taules