Help a Writer: Recommend a Book

We’ve noticed writers are always asking for book recommendations on Twitter for research purposes. It’s definitely something that dominates our conversations when we’re workshopping with our writing friends or drafting a new piece. Sometimes reading a novel in a similar genre can spark the answer to a plot problem, and sometimes we just really need to know how make-up was made in medieval times.

We thought it might be useful to collate these answers in one handy reference list. Odds are at least one other person is hunting for a book about mermaid myths/Russian ballet/World War I/Beijing, so why not share our suggestions with each other?

How it works:

Comment with the subject you’re hoping to read about. It can be as broad or as specific as you like, for example, “I’m looking for good stories with a lesbian protagonist” or “I’m looking for novels that reference Australian newsrooms in the 1920s.” You can ask for fiction or non-fiction books, just make sure you’re specific about this if you have a preference.

We will add your questions to the master post so that anyone visiting the page can see them.

Then, if you stumble across a book query you think you have a recommendation for, comment with your answer. All answers will be listed below the question on the master post so anyone can use this page as a reference when conducting book research. If you want to add an explanatory note to your suggestion, that’s fine, and we’re happy to include it.

The post will stay open for as long as it’s needed.

To get the ball rolling, we’ve included a few questions and answers below. Feel free to add your own and please, spread the word! We would love to help as many writers as we can.

Help a Writer

Q: I’m looking for novels and short stories that could be considered literary horror.

Q: I’m looking for good novels with an unreliable narrator.
The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe
A Pale View Of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Q: I’m looking for non-fiction books about the history of Melbourne. 

Q: I’m looking for non-fiction/memoir books about women’s sports. I’m currently reading “One American Woman Fifty Italian Men” by Lynne Ashdown, and I’d love to find another one along the same lines to read. 

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2 responses to “Help a Writer: Recommend a Book”

  1. Amanda Frank says :

    I’m looking for non-fiction/memoire books about women’s sports.

    I’m currently reading “One American Woman Fifty Italian Men” by Lynne Ashdown, http://lynneashdown.com/, and I’d love to find another one along the same lines to read. Thanks!

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