Who remembers Harold Robbins? Everyone was reading – and talking – about him when I was a girl. He was considered “unsuitable”.
“His first book was Never Love a Stranger (1948). The Dream Merchants (1949) was a novel about the American film industry, from its beginning to the sound era. Again, Robbins blended his own experiences with historical facts, melodrama, sex and action, into a fast-moving story. His 1952 novel, A Stone for Danny Fisher, was adapted into a 1958 motion picture King Creole, which starred Elvis Presley.
Among his best-known books is The Carpetbaggers – featuring a loose composite of Howard Hughes, Bill Lear, Harry Cohn, and Louis B. Mayer. The Carpetbaggers takes the reader from New York to California, from the prosperity of the aeronautical industry to the glamor of Hollywood. Its sequel, The Raiders, was released in 1995.
After The Carpetbaggers and Where Love Has Gone (1962) came The Adventurers (1966), based on Robbins’s experiences living in South America, including three months spent in the mountains of Colombia with a group of bandits. He created the ABC television series The Survivors (1969-1970), starring Ralph Bellamy and Lana Turner.” From Wikipedia.
And then there was Denise Robbins! A prolific romantic novelist. You’d have to be as old as I am to remember her. When I was a teenager at boarding school, her books were passed around at night time, the more romantic passages read aloud.
“Denise Robins (née Denise Naomi Klein; 1 February 1897 – 1 May 1985) was a prolific English romantic novelist and the first President of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (1960–1966). She wrote under her first married name and under the pen-names: Denise Chesterton, Eve Vaill, ‘Anne Llewellyn’, Hervey Hamilton, Francesca Wright, Ashley French, Harriet Gray and Julia Kane, producing short stories, plays, and about 170 Gothic romance novels. In 1965, Robins published her autobiography, Stranger Than Fiction. At the time of her death in 1985, Robins’s books had been translated into fifteen languages and had sold more than one hundred million copies. In 1984, they were borrowed more than one and a half million times from British libraries.” From Wikipedia. 
From one extreme to another – C P Snow – unreadable without a dictionary, although I did enjoy “The Masters”.
“Snow’s first novel was a whodunit, Death under Sail (1932). In 1975 he wrote a biography of Anthony Trollope. But he is better known as the author of a sequence of novels entitled Strangers and Brothers in which he depicts intellectuals in academic and government settings in the modern era. The best-known of the sequence is The Masters. It deals with the internal politics of a Cambridge college as it prepares to elect a new master. Having all the appeal of an insider’s view, the novel depicts concerns other than the strictly academic that influence the decisions of supposedly objective scholars. The Masters and The New Men were jointly awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1954. Corridors of Power added a phrase to the language of the day. In 1974, Snow’s novel In Their Wisdom was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.”! From Wikipedia.
My beloved John Galsworthy. The Forsyte Saga – I can’t say it’s my favourite book as there are nine of them – but Galsworthy is surely one of my favourite authors. I was sixteen the first time I read this family saga and I have read it all, and loved it all, at least twice since.
“From the Four Winds, a collection of short stories, was Galsworthy’s first published work in 1897. These and several subsequent works were published under the pen name of John Sinjohn, and it was not until The Island Pharisees (1904) that he began publishing under his own name, probably owing to the recent death of his father . . . He is now far better known for his novels, particularly The Forsyte Saga, his trilogy about the eponymous family and connected lives. These books, as with many of his other works, deal with social class, and upper-middle class lives in particular. Although sympathetic to his characters, he highlights their insular, snobbish, and acquisitive attitudes and their suffocating moral codes. He is viewed as one of the first writers of the Edwardian era who challenged some of the ideals of society depicted in the preceding literature of Victorian England.” From Wikipedia.
Dorothy L Sayers – I can’t remember when I first started reading her detective novels with Lord Peter Wimsey as the sleuth but I always enjoyed them. The novels can be downloaded to Kindle but it is many years since I saw even one of them in a bookshop.
“Dorothy Leigh Sayers ( ; 13 June 1893 – 17 December 1957) was a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator, and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between the First and Second World Wars that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey, which remain popular to this day. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante‘s Divine Comedy to be her best work. She is also known for her plays, literary criticism, and essays.” From Wikipedia.
And finally, for today, Zane Grey. My father had a collection of his books and I read them one after the other so that they all run together in my mind. And I am quite sure that I saw every movie (“the pictures”) based on these books as well.
“Zane Grey was an American dentist and author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories associated with the Western genre in literature and the arts; he idealized the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) was his best-selling book. In addition to the commercial success of his printed works, they had second lives and continuing influence when adapted as films and television productions. His novels and short stories have been adapted into 112 films, two television episodes, and a television series, Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater.” From Wikipedia.