Good Fiction Guide

Overview

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 ...

See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (27) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $33.47   
  • Used (24) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$33.47
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(226)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(113)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$48.69
Seller since 2013

Feedback rating:

(0)

Condition: New
New In first class condition. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return ... your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Lampeter, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

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.

Read More Show Less

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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192100214
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/1/1901
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.50 (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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Adventure 3
Africa 7
Australia and New Zealand 11
Black and white 15
Canada 19
Caribbean 23
Childhood 27
Classics 31
Crime 35
Family saga 39
Fantasy 43
Film adaptations 47
France 52
Germany 56
Glamour 61
Historical 65
Humour 69
India 73
Ireland 77
Magic realism 81
Romance 85
Russia 89
Science fiction 93
The sea 98
Sexual politics 102
Short stories 106
Social issues 110
Spy 115
Supernatural 119
Teen 123
Thrillers 127
United States of America 131
War 135
Western 139
Authors A-Z 143
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)