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Garth Stein

Garth Stein is an American author and film producer from SeattleWashington. Widely known as the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Stein is also a documentary film maker, playwright, teacher, and amateur racer. Stein has worked as a director, producer and writer of documentary films, several of which won awards.

Garth Stein was born in Los Angeles on December 6, 1964, but spent most of his childhood growing up in Seattle. Stein’s third novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain (Harper, 2008) became a New York Times bestseller, a #1 BookSense Pick., and winner of a 2009 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.

The novel follows the story of Enzo, a race car-obsessed dog who believes he will be reincarnated as a human. While his owner, race car driver Denny Swift, teaches him about the art of racing, most of Enzo’s ideas and knowledge— including the Mongolian legend that a dog who is prepared will be reincarnated in its next life as a human— come from watching television.

By Poorna Jayalal

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Frances Hodgson Burnett


Frances Dodgson Burnett was born in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, England on 24 November 1849. She was an English playwright and author. After the death of her father in 1852, her family moved to Tennessee in the United States. Frances wrote stories to earn money and help her family. After the death of her mother, she married swan Burnett who was a doctor and they had two sons. She mainly wrote for children and her famous works are little lord Fauntleroy, a little princess, the secret garden, and the Lass o’ Lowries. She was popular due to her ability to write stories in Yorkshire English. She frequently travelled to England and wrote the secret garden in the 1890s. She later divorced swan Burnett and married Stephen Townsend in 1900. She died in 1924 and is buried in Roslyn cemetery on long island.

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Mark Twain

mark-twainSamuel Langhorne Clemens , better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Swayer  (1876) and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn(1885), the latter often called “The American Novel.” Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which provided the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. After an apprenticeship with a printer, he worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his singular lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virgina City, Territorial Enterprise. In 1865, his humorous story,” The Jumping Frog of Calaveras City,” was published, based on a story he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention, and was even translated into classic Greek. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

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Poorna Jayalal

The Cuckoo’s Calling: The Author Profile


Robert Galbraith is a pen name or pseudonym of J.K.Rowling.

J. K.Rowling or Joanne Kathleen Rowling was born in 1965 at Chipping Sodbury South Gloucestershire is best known for her children book series Harry potter. Rowling is married twice and has two daughters and a son. Harry potter series consists of  seven books each for each academic year of Harry. She has also written a adult book ‘The Casual Vacancy‘ which deals about the social issues prevalent in the society.

‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ is the first of the series of  crime fictions. It’s sequel ‘The Silkworm’ will be released soon which will have the same characters that of this book.

R. Nithyashree