I knew hardly anything about recent novels and didn't want to waste time reading trash. This book seems to have a wonderful alphabetical list of good writers. A treasure trove, I love it. Haven't got past the letter A, because it introduced me to Kate Atkinson and I'm still reading her books. (Comic masterpiece: her One Good Turn, with Jackson Brodie and the Edinburgh Festival). This Good Reading Guide is a godsend for someone who, like me, is completely out of touch with contemporary fiction.