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Promised Lands
The Voyage Home
The Good Fiction Guide

Edited by Jane Rogers, Consultant Editor Hermione Lee, Assistant Editors Mike Harris, Douglas Houston, and Daniel Hahn. Oxford University Press 2001, revised and updated 2005

Featuring both subject essays and over 1,100 alphabetically arranged entries on writers ranging from Chinua Achebe to Stephen King to Emile Zola, this is a guide for anyone trying to find their way around the mass of fiction in bookshops.

34 authors and critics introduce literary genres. Michael Dibdin on Crime, Michele Roberts on France , and Val McDermid on Thrillers are just a few of the experts who recommend their personal top 12 favourite reads within their subject areas.

Covering a wide range of fiction: classical and contemporary, literary and popular, British and foreign; each entry also suggests other authors who deal with similar subject matters or write in the same genre.


'A splendid book for browsing, argument-starting, and must-read lists.' The Globe and Mail

‘A welcome update, and a bright new boiled-sweets cover from the most reader-friendly guide on the reference shelf. A trustworthy companion for every reading group - or simply for the solitary seeker.' Boyd Tonkin, The Independent

‘The perfect book lover's companion... You'll never be at a loss over what to read next.' Mail on Sunday

‘This is an anthology beautifully ordered, with long but very entertaining essays [...] It's all great fun whether as a source for cackling or for contemplation this is as good as you'll get and should make choosing books a lot easier.' Cathy Dillon, Irish Times

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