Influential Authors

Great writers in history

Leading and intriguing writers in history

Talking about great writers in history is Susannah’s passion. She tells their stories so vividly that you’d swear she knew some of them personally. The people on this page are her favourite authors, the ones that she loves to talk about the most.

She shares juicy details about the type of person they were, uncovers their love-life, delves into family-life, and explores the impact that parents, siblings, partners and children all had on their work. She reveals how prolific they were, and how wealthy.

Susannah has done the research work for you. She lists books by, and books about the author, providing links to paid and free editions of these works. There are videos to watch, links to follow, and websites to view. You can even book her to give a live or online talk for your society or group.

Meet her favourite authors here.

Reviews
Influential Authors
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Thank you, Susannah - that was delightful I very much appreciate the video recordings, as I am usually not able to see the live talks I do love the EH Shepard illustrations

Thank you, Susannah – that was delightful. I very much appreciate the video recordings, as I am usually not able to see the live talks. I do love the E.H. Shepard illustrations.

Margaret
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Thank you, Susannah - that was delightful I very much appreciate the video recordings, as I am usually not able to see the live talks I do love the EH Shepard illustrations
Thank you Susannah, I love learning from you

Thank you Susannah, I love learning from you.

Kelly
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Thank you Susannah, I love learning from you
Thanks for your lecture series on the 4 English trailblazers, I have now caught up with all four of them Even though I had a fair bit of prior knowledge of all except Florence Nightingale, I enjoyed y... more

Thanks for your lecture series on the 4 English trailblazers, I have now caught up with all four of them. Even though I had a fair bit of prior knowledge of all except Florence Nightingale, I enjoyed your lectures very much, there were so many lovely pictures and unexpected sidelights that I was very well entertained. You really brought out how these four brilliant misfits made a difference to English culture!

I would have loved to have taken part in the actual lectures, but 5 pm on a weekday does not work for me, unfortunately, so I was pleased to be able to catch the lectures later. I look forward to further lectures in the future.

Merete
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Thanks for your lecture series on the 4 English trailblazers, I have now caught up with all four of them Even though I had a fair bit of prior knowledge of all except Florence Nightingale, I enjoyed your lectures very much, there were so many lovely pictures and unexpected sidelights that I was very well entertained You really brought out how these four brilliant misfits made a difference to English culture! I would have loved to have taken part in the actual lectures, but 5 pm on a weekday does not work for me, unfortunately, so I was pleased to be able to catch the lectures later I look forward to further lectures in the future
I absolutely love receiving your programs!

I absolutely love receiving your programs!

Wendy
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I absolutely love receiving your programs!
I just wanted to thank you for your March Trailblazers series Such interesting and diverse lives and the discovery of all those quirky facts gave a full picture of the personalities behind the famous ... more

I just wanted to thank you for your March Trailblazers series.
Such interesting and diverse lives and the discovery of all those quirky facts gave a full picture of the personalities behind the famous personas.

As the ladies say, “It’s not easy”. What an understatement!

Gayle
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I just wanted to thank you for your March Trailblazers series Such interesting and diverse lives and the discovery of all those quirky facts gave a full picture of the personalities behind the famous personas As the ladies say, "It's not easy" What an understatement!
Thank you I thoroughly enjoyed the refresher on Florence A great woman Today we would no doubt diagnose her as having a mental illness In my experience people who are so exceptional, such creative thi... more

Thank you I thoroughly enjoyed the refresher on Florence. A great woman. Today we would no doubt diagnose her as having a mental illness. In my experience people who are so exceptional, such creative thinkers, so different from their peers as Florence was could be bi-polar. Her debilitating illnesses would have exacerbated this. So much of what I learned as a nurse came directly from her teachings. 
All the stats we continually collected also came from her.

Jann
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Thank you I thoroughly enjoyed the refresher on Florence A great woman Today we would no doubt diagnose her as having a mental illness In my experience people who are so exceptional, such creative thinkers, so different from their peers as Florence was could be bi-polar Her debilitating illnesses would have exacerbated this So much of what I learned as a nurse came directly from her teachings All the stats we continually collected also came from her
I really enjoyed this talk, Susannah Today I used notes I took from this Trailblazers series to complete 3 hours of the 100 hours of Professional Learning I must do to be able to continue casual teach... more

I really enjoyed this talk, Susannah. Today I used notes I took from this Trailblazers series to complete 3 hours of the 100 hours of Professional Learning I must do to be able to continue casual teaching!

I’m sure to use the things I have learned in class. Thank you!
Cathy
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I really enjoyed this talk, Susannah Today I used notes I took from this Trailblazers series to complete 3 hours of the 100 hours of Professional Learning I must do to be able to continue casual teaching! I'm sure to use the things I have learned in class Thank you!
I want to say how much I enjoy and appreciate, Susannah’s Trailblazer presentations

I want to say how much I enjoy and appreciate, Susannah’s Trailblazer presentations.

Thelma
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I want to say how much I enjoy and appreciate, Susannah’s Trailblazer presentations
Bravo Susannah!  You revealed a phenomenal man to us  Photographic memory!

Bravo Susannah!  You revealed a phenomenal man to us.  Photographic memory!

Stephanie
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Bravo Susannah!  You revealed a phenomenal man to us  Photographic memory!
Thank you so much for a most enjoyable and informative talk last night on Dr Johnson

Thank you so much for a most enjoyable and informative talk last night on Dr Johnson.

Sandra
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Thank you so much for a most enjoyable and informative talk last night on Dr Johnson
Another great and inspiring talk  Can’t wait to go to the Library to see a copy

Another great and inspiring talk.  Can’t wait to go to the Library to see a copy.

Christine
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Another great and inspiring talk  Can’t wait to go to the Library to see a copy
I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, Susannah!  Brilliant as usual You do such a marvelous job bringing your subjects to life

I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, Susannah!  Brilliant as usual. You do such a marvelous job bringing your subjects to life.

Alan
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I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, Susannah!  Brilliant as usual You do such a marvelous job bringing your subjects to life
Susannah is a masterful, engaging and passionate presenter who enriches our souls!

Susannah is a masterful, engaging and passionate presenter who enriches our souls!

Alan
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Susannah is a masterful, engaging and passionate presenter who enriches our souls!
What a wonderful holiday gift—thank you, Susannah! I was hanging on every word My introduction to GWTW was similar to yours My next-door neighbor (a middle-aged woman) gave me her copy when I was 14... more

What a wonderful holiday gift—thank you, Susannah! I was hanging on every word. My introduction to GWTW was similar to yours. My next-door neighbor (a middle-aged woman) gave me her copy when I was 14 years old. Luckily, summer had just begun, so it didn’t matter that I stayed up three nights straight reading nonstop. I lived, breathed, and ate GWTW and was devastated after reading the final sentence. It’s the first time a book totally grabbed me and wouldn’t let go! I keep looking to repeat the experience, but have never fully succeeded.

Linda Fineman
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What a wonderful holiday gift—thank you, Susannah! I was hanging on every word My introduction to GWTW was similar to yours My next-door neighbor (a middle-aged woman) gave me her copy when I was 14 years old Luckily, summer had just begun, so it didn’t matter that I stayed up three nights straight reading nonstop I lived, breathed, and ate GWTW and was devastated after reading the final sentence It’s the first time a book totally grabbed me and wouldn’t let go! I keep looking to repeat the experience, but have never fully succeeded

Here’s what makes each one of Susannah’s Video Talks so special. You will:

  • Enjoy viewing a video presented by Susannah any time, anywhere.
  • Learn about classic books in easy-to-understand everyday language.
  • Find out about the life of the author.
  • Experience scenes from the novels brought to life through Susannah’s dramatic readings.
  • Grasp the influence of the era, lifestyle and circumstances of the book’s setting.
  • Pick up on the small things that make a story rich.
  • Gain a richer and deeper understanding and enjoyment of a great work of literature.
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What is it?
Anybody could just sit down and read one of these books. But it’s not so easy to learn about how the author came to write the book, or receive a commentary on all the film versions/sequels/adaptations that have resulted from it.

In each video, Susannah reveals intriguing stories about an author to help understand what prompted the book to be written. She identifies the main characters and their roles, analyses the themes behind the story, and describes the influence that the era, lifestyle and circumstances have on the book’s setting.

Susannah will inform you about the life of the writer, explain the influences which drove him or her to put pen to paper, examine the societal influences that helped bring a great classic into being. She will share juicy details about that author’s love-life, delve into family-life and the impact of parents and siblings, and will tell you about the initial reception of that novel. How did the reading public first react to a book that is today acclaimed as great? How prolific was that author, and how wealthy? What was it about their writing that drew the public, and which still makes us read their books today?

After listening to one of Susannah’s talks, you’ll feel that she actually knew the author personally. Her meticulously researched presentations bring her subjects vividly alive. Dramatic readings from the novels add to your listening/viewing experience. You also receive a curated list of where to buy the book in print, ebook, audio or in a library. Find the recommended reading books, watch a movie version, enjoy related videos, websites and much more.

Susannah guarantees that, after following her guides, you will have a far richer understanding of some fabulous classics than you ever would have done by just reading them on your own.

Most of Susannah’s talks are given to Australian audiences. Now she is international! Join Susannah in an exciting armchair journey and get to know the classics and the amazing men and women who wrote them.

Every one of these literary delights is a real treat! Each video is a minimum length of 40-50 minutes featuring Susannah’s entertaining lecture style blended with lots of images to delight any listener. Your small purchase price permits you to view the video as often as you wish during a calendar year.

Susannah has published many Literary Readers Guides, articles, books, monographs and spoken word CDs, most notably, several about Jane Austen’s work. Unlike so many research books, Susannah’s works are definitely intended for a popular readership. Treat yourself, or buy a thoughtful gift for a reading friend.

100% guaranteed. If you don’t feel Susannah’s guides are great value for money, please let her know why and she will refund your purchase price.

By ordering a product you help Susannah cover the expense of producing her monthly newsletter, Notes From A Book Addict, keeping it cost and advertising free. Thank you.

Ordering
It’s really easy to order. Just visit the talk of your choice above, and you can use any of these payment methods: Credit Card, Cash, Cheque, EFT or PayPal.
  Order online for immediate download. Purchase individually on each video’s page above.
  Order packs and special offers here.
  Phone orders, please see here.

Further information and help 
Please contact Susannah here.