Good Fiction Guide is a comprehensive, near 500 page volume that, as the title suggests, lists throughout its covers quality writers and their books.This hugely satisfying tome has two main sections.The first quarter of GFG concentrates on "Subject essays", such as crime fiction, and then recommends twelve best books of the genre. The rest of GFG is an A-Z of authors.Each writer in the list is given a profile, with brief life details and then suggests a good piece of their work to start with, moving you on to more complex books.It even then puts forward similar authors to try. If you enjoy books that you can dig into at any time, you will love the GFG.I would suggest it should be on your bookshelf if you are a lover of good literature like me!
This is a useful additional source to the Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide. Both have their limitations in terms of missing authors or skimpy coverage, not to mention the fact that the GFG is already 7 years old, which obviously limits its coverage of more recent novels. It tends to explore in depth just a few works and give no idea of what else the writer has produced (which the GRG to its credit does do, though only as a list). Its links to further reading are limited to a few writers' names not to actual novels (which GRG does better - but to GRG's discredit it doesn't include these further reading recommendations in the cumulative end-list).