This book features hundreds of authors and thousands of titles, with navigation features to lead you through a rich journey of some of the best literature to grace our shelves.The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide
seeks to answer two main questions: ‘Which book should I read?’ and ‘Which book should I read next?’
The bulk of the text consists of articles on more than 400 authors, describing the kind of books they wrote, listing titles and suggesting books (by the same authors and by others) which might make interesting follow-ups.
Scattered through this guide are over a hundred Read on a Theme menus of suggested reading. These are straightforward lists of between six and twelve books of a similar kind, from Adolescence to The Wilderness. There are also eleven double-page features, Startpoints, each of which covers a particular category of reading, with a large number of suggestions and follow-ups. In alphabetical sequence, they are: Autobiography, Biography, Crime, Historical Novels, History, Letters and Diaries, Poetry, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Science for Everyone, Thrillers and Travel. At random points you will also find Literary Trivia lists, ranging from Five Authors Who Were Jailbirds to Ten Fictional Places. These have no particular connection to the entries and are intended solely as (hopefully) entertaining interludes.
The book concludes with several lists of winners of major literary prizes, including the Man Booker and the Pulitzer.