The Guardian: Books

Visitors to The Guardian Books pages might find themselves uttering that hoary old chestnut so often heard in the best bookshops, ‘I could stay here all day'. There's certainly enough to keep you occupied with articles and reviews gathered from the pages of the Guardian and the Observer, literary games, book extracts, discussion boards plus a well-chosen set of links to other literary sites, if you still haven't had enough.

As with all large websites, a visit to the Help page is advisable for first-timers and you may find that this becomes a regular navigation point, as some of the features listed here, can be difficult to track down elsewhere.

The homepage highlights book news with pointers to other features to the left and right of the screen. To visit the basic elements of the site, click the appropriate link on the navigation bar across the top of the screen. Click By Genre to browse content for areas of special interest, Extracts for book extracts together with relevant links, and Authors for a database of well over 100 author biographies. Throughout the site there are links to amazon.co.uk and readers should visit What to Buy for the Guardian's pick of the best recently published books. Speed can undoubtedly be a problem with this site, but the reward for patience is an unrivalled source of information and critical literary debate.

2013