Useful Books

Many long-standing reference guides to fiction are no longer being updated. However, the following list provides a worthwhile selection of reference books which can be used alongsideĀ Who Else Writes Like ...?. The Bloomsbury and Rough Guides have generally not be updated for a few years, but are still well worth seeking out.

Crime Fiction Since 1800

by Stephen Knight, Palgrave MacMillan, 2010

Death in a Cold Climate: a guide to Scandinavian crime fiction

by Barry Forshaw, Palgrave MacMillan, 2012

100 Must-read Classic Novels

by Nick Rennison, A & C Black, 2006

A selection of writing that has made an everlasting impression on our literary heritage. 100 of the best titles are fully reviewed and a further 500 recommended.

100 Must-read Crime Novels

by Nick Rennison and Richard Shephard, A & C Black, 2006

Following the same format as the Classic Novels it also includes a browsing by theme approach as well as listing the top ten crime characters and their creators.

100 Must-read Science Fiction Novels

by Stephen E Andrews and Nick Rennison, A & C Black, 2006

It is arranged by theme including a reader's fast guide to the world of science fiction as well as listing award winners of prizes and book club recommendations. Also included is a special category covering science fiction and film adaptations.

The Reader's Advisory Guide to Mystery

by John Charles et al, ALA editions, 2nd rev. edition, 2011

A Reference Guide to Crime Fiction

by Gabrielle Dantz, Webster's Digital Services, 2012

Snobbery with Violence: English crime stories and their audience

by Collin Watson, Faber Find, 2009

1000 Books to Change Your Life

Time Out Guides, 2007

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

General editor Peter Boxall, Cassell, 2012

The Ultimate Teen Book Guide

Edited by Daniel Hahn and Leonie Flynn, A & C Black, 2010

Who Next...? A Guide to Children's Authors

Edited by Viv Warren and Mary Yardley, LISU, Loughborough University, 4th edition, 2011.

Who's Who of Twentieth Century Novelists

Edited by Tim Woods, Routledge, 2001