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31 October 2012 | PR 12/189

Widen your literary horizons

Who Else 2012

Now covering more writers than ever before, 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.

Under a new editor, Ian Baillie, the seventh edition of this established reference book and reading promotion tool points readers in the direction of writers they might like to try.

While keeping to the tried and trusted formula of linking the most popular authors with others who write in a similar style, Ian has added his own touches, with a new section on the geographical settings, historical eras and other contexts favoured by different authors.

Ian and his panel of librarians from across the UK and in Australia have refined the list of authors to give information on more than 2,040 contemporary writers of fiction, including almost 500 not in any of the previous volumes. This has meant taking some out – in particular, classic authors are no longer included in the detailed listings. Choosing which authors to include, which to omit, and who writes like whom, is a carefully considered process, and takes full advantage of the librarians’ skills and experience.

Speaking about the book, the new editor, Ian Baillie said: “It has been a great privilege to edit the new edition of Who Else Writes Like...?, especially as my involvement with the book goes right back to the very first edition in 1993.  Roy and Jeanne Huse, who compiled previous editions, have ensured that a solid template is in place for future editors, and their legacy is a considerable one.

“I know from my own experience, and from the comments of library staff and readers, just how highly valued this reference book is, and, although hard work, it has been hugely enjoyable for me to link up with my team of knowledgeable advisors to create the seventh edition.”

In parallel with the new book, the online edition of the guide – whoelsewriteslike.com – is being updated to include all the new authors and links in the book. The online edition retains all the content of the sixth edition of the book, is fully searchable, provides more author matches, and has additional material such as links to author web sites.

LISU’s Director, Claire Creaser said: “LISU is delighted to launch the latest edition of Who else writes like…?, and proud to say that each new edition has included more authors than the last.  While commercial websites present automated recommendations based on the activities of their customers, the unique value of this guide is that the suggestions are based on considered, expert, opinion from experienced librarians.  In the economic downturn, libraries have been subject to cuts in professional staff, but Who else writes like…? brings that expertise within everyone’s reach.

“Although the printed format means that some authors from previous editions are inevitably omitted from the book, they remain in the online version. In either format, this guide presents an informed and comprehensive picture of who else writes like the most popular authors in the UK today.”

Priced at £26.99, Who else writes like…? is available from LISU. For further information call 01509 635680 or email lisu@lboro.ac.uk

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For all media enquiries contact:

Judy Wing
Senior PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228697
E: J.L.Wing@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

  1. Who else writes like…? a readers’ guide to fiction authors, paperback, ISBN 9781905499410 is published at £26.99 (post paid UK, with 25% discount for orders over 10 copies and trade, and 10% discount for schools).
  2. A jpeg image of the front cover of ‘Who else writes like…?’ is available upon request to the Public Relations Office.
  3. Review copies of ‘Who else writes like…?’ are available for the media upon request to the Public Relations Office.
  4. 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 Department of Information Science at Loughborough University. For further information visit: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/microsites/infosci/lisu/
  5. This is the first edition of Who Else Writes Like…? to be edited by Ian Baillie who has acted as an adviser on previous editions. In 2010 Ian took early retirement after 40 years as a librarian working in public libraries. For his final 14 years he was Senior Officer with West Dunbartonshire Libraries. Since retirement he has continued to be involved in a variety of literary projects, of which Who Else Writes Like…? has been the principal one and he is delighted to be able to continue the association in the role of editor.
  6. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    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.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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