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5 November 2008 - PR 08/155

New guide aims to widen your literary horizons

The latest edition of ‘Who else writes like…?’, a guide designed to help lovers of fiction discover new authors, has been published by LISU at Loughborough University.

Now in its sixth edition, this established reference book and reading promotion tool points readers in the direction of other writers they might like to try, by recommending up to 12 alternatives for each of the more than 1,970 authors included in the guide who write in a similar style.

‘Who else writes like…?’ is compiled by Roy and Jeanne Huse, who have over 50 years combined experience in libraries and who are advised by a panel of librarians from across the UK and in Australia. Based on the most popular writers in terms of UK public library loans, the latest edition covers almost 500 authors not in any of the previous volumes.

Three new features have also been introduced in this year’s guide. There is an index of pseudonyms; an indication of authors who write children’s books as well as for adults; and details of authors whose books may be suitable for teenagers making the crossover from junior to adult fiction. Information is still included in the guide on genre, well-known characters and series, authors’ websites and relevant literary prizes.

LISU’s Director, Claire Creaser said: “LISU is proud to be associated with the latest edition of this readers’ guide. The range of fiction available can present a bewildering choice for readers, and each new edition of ‘Who else writes like…?’ has included more authors than the last. Although some authors from previous editions are inevitably omitted to make space, the guide presents a comprehensive picture of who else writes like the most popular authors in the UK today.

“In an age where it is easy for websites to make automatic recommendations based on customer purchases, it is good to see that a considered, expert, opinion is still valued. The combination of reader popularity and expert opinion make this guide invaluable for all who love reading, not just for librarians.”

Priced at £23.99, ‘Who else writes like…?’ is available from LISU. For further information call 01509 635680 or email lisu@lboro.ac.uk

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Notes for editors:

  1. ‘Who else writes like…?’ a readers’ guide to fiction authors, paperback, ISBN 9781905499328 is published at £23.99 (post paid UK, with 25% discount for orders over 10 copies and trade, and 10% discount for schools).

    A jpeg image of the front cover of ‘Who else writes like…?’ is available upon request to the Public Relations Office.

    Review copies of ‘Who else writes like…?’ are available for the media upon request to the Public Relations Office.

    LISU is a national research and consultancy centre which aims to promote good management practice in information, cultural and academic services, through providing independent advice and support for advocacy, performance evaluation and enhancement. It is based in the Research School of Informatics and the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University. For further information visit: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/dis/lisu

    Roy and Jeanne Huse have been editors of ‘Who else writes like...?’ since 1993. Roy has 40 years experience of public library work and was County Librarian of West Sussex 1970-92. Jeanne has worked since 1954 in public, special and college libraries and was Librarian of the English-Speaking Union 1977-91. She continues to work there as an archivist and is still involved with the day-to-day running of the library.

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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