LISU Tel: +44 (0) 1509 63 5680  Loughborough University is an online reference resource and reading promotion tool which is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read. It answers the dilemma facing those who have exhausted the output from a particular author — “What shall I read next?”

This online version grew out of the very popular printed editions of Who else writes like...? A readers' guide to fiction authors. It is updated on a regular basis and includes entries for over 2,600 authors. Users simply pick out an author whose books they like, and see which other writers are recommended underneath. Additional information (where known) includes:

  • Dates of birth and death of authors
  • Nationality (or place of birth) of authors who are not English
  • Genre and, in some cases, subgenre, or type of novel
  • Pseudonyms
  • Characters, series and settings
  • Prize winners
  • Authors who may be suitable for young adults and also authors who write for children

A two-week free trial is available, or to find out more about subscribing, please click on the relevant subscription type below:

Individuals (single access - not for use in schools or libraries)

Schools/school libraries (up to 50 seats)

Public/other libraries (unlimited access for library staff and their members)

Other organisations, bookshops, etc. (up to 5 seats)

You may also be interested in our sister website, Who Next...?, which is specially designed to help parents, teachers and librarians in encouraging children and young people to explore the world of reading. You can save 15% by subscribing to both and (excludes Australia and New Zealand).

Australia and New Zealand enquiries: please contact our Australian supplier, Digital Education Services, for more information

What users say about the online resource

"With our ever decreasing pool of librarians it is important for our remaining Library staff to have access to these 2 [Who Else and Who Next] valuable resources"
(public library)

"I find this site fantastic. If I find an author I tend to read all the books they have written then start wondering who else I would like, now I go to this site and choose one."
(individual subscriber)

"Very good site. We use it for housebound readers avid readers who require new authors. I like the crossover section and genre sections"
(public library)

"Thank you for your fabulously useful site….."
(public library)



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