Good Fiction Guide

Good Fiction Guide

by Jane Rogers
     
 

Featuring both subject essays and more than 1,000 entries on writers ranging from Maeve Binchy to Emile Zola, this new reference guide recommends a range of fiction wide enough to tempt any reader. Written with an aim to encourage us to experiment in our reading habits, this guide suggests new authors and areas of literature to explore.

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Featuring both subject essays and more than 1,000 entries on writers ranging from Maeve Binchy to Emile Zola, this new reference guide recommends a range of fiction wide enough to tempt any reader. Written with an aim to encourage us to experiment in our reading habits, this guide suggests new authors and areas of literature to explore.

34 essays written by well-recognized authors and critics discuss diverse literary genres. John Sutherland on Classics, Val McDermid on Thrillers, and Michele Roberts on France are just a few of the experts who share their first-hand knowledge of a particular area and recommend their own personal top-twelve favourite reads.

An alphabetically arranged list of authors gives concise information on writers classical and contemporary, literary and popular, British and foreign, and recommends other writers who deal with similar subject matters or who write in the same genre.

For readers trying to find their way around the mass of fiction in bookshops, for reading groups looking for fresh ideas, or for keen readers who would like to try new authors and branch out into different areas of fiction, this guide will prove an invaluable and absorbing aid for reading enjoyment.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Another intriguing addition to Oxford's collection of literary guides, this resource for the general reader offers information contributed by 60 writers, critics, and translators in two formats: 34 four-page subject essays and more than 1000 alphabetically arranged, paragraph-length author entries covering 5000 books. Certainly, it is similar to other Oxford handbooks, such as Margaret Drabble's The Oxford Companion to English Literature (LJ 10/15/00) and Peter Parker's A Reader's Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers (LJ 7/96). This reference, however, is unique in that it encompasses popular and genre fiction for both adults and teens, as well as classics, contemporary literature, and international works translated into English. Because selection is based on reader enjoyment, authors are included only if their books are well known, strong sellers, in print, and recommended by the contributors. The essays explore a wide range of topics, from the science fiction of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Richard Hoban's Riddley Walker, and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to a literary/geographical analysis of French writing and the progression of the adventure story from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Authors were chosen for their specialized knowledge and thus conclude with their Top 12 recommendations. The informal style and inclusion of personal details about the authors' lives create a livelier, more engaging source than standard companions. Highly recommended for literature collections. Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192806475
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/19/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
548
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Rogers has written six novels and a number of television screenplays, including Dawn and the Candidate and a four-part serialization of Mr Wroe's Virgins. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in the U.K.

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