What’s in a Name?
A name gives identity. While for some it can evoke a neutral feeling, for others a name can instil a huge fear or dread, yet for others it can bring a sense of calm. The following books, all published by TSL have a name in the title – all are quite different in their feel and tale.
Michael’s Magic Motor Car by Ray Wooster – an A4 size children’s story
Leo, the Lion Whisperer by Mavis Patcher – a children’s adventure in Africa
George and Flora by Rachel Haywood – a series for children of adventures by two cats, George and Flora. All are written and illustrated by Rachel.
Merlyn’s Memoirs – an English Springer Spaniel’s life in South Africa
Duke’s Heartbreak and other poems by Beatrice Holloway – as it says, a collection of poetry
Lucifer’s Child by Gideon Masters – an esoteric dystopian suspense adventure. The first of a trilogy and definitely not for the feint-hearted or under 18s.
Going through my library of books, I noticed that few, other than biographies, actually have a name included in the title. Is this because authors fear readers not buying a book because of possible connotations?
Some others I found which have names in the title include:
Prester John – John Buchan (African mythology adventure)
Marthe Quest – Doris Lessing (series set in Rhodesia in the 1930s)
What Abigail did that Summer – Ben Aaronovitch (A Rivers of London mystery)
John Doe – Tess Gerritsen (murder mystery)
Feel free to share book titles you know of which contain names in the title.