Irish author Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) doubled up as an Anglican clergyman, publishing both novels - The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy – and sermons.
Acclaimed novelist William Alexander Gerhardie (1895-1977) drew on personal experience in Russia to write his debut novel – ‘Futility’.
He became an established and much respected and highly esteemed author and playwright, admired by the likes of Evelyn Waugh and HG Wells.
He too took the ‘stream of consciousness’ approach to his writing – which notoriously confounds some and delights others.
Turgenev made waves with his debut work, which consisted of short stories steeped in Russian Realism. Meanwhile, his novel, Fathers and Sons has been called one of the major works of 19th-century fiction.
Brought up in New Zealand, she arrived on English shores in 1908, subsequently hooking up with her peers - D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. Her stories, inspired by the work of Chekhov, include ‘The Doll’s House’ and ‘The Fly’, amongst many highly acclaimed others.