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Saturday 31 May 1997
Since 1977, The Good Book Guide's monthly magazine has recommended the "must-reads" - from children's books to thrillers to philosophical tracts - to its 240,000 readers in over 200 countries. Not only does the guide provide independent evaluations of the best of the 100,000 books published every year (the GBG accepts no publisher advertising or outside financial support) but it also has a home delivery service for those for whom the pressures of modern life have relegated a leisurely browse in a book shop to the stuff of memories.
Frustrated at the difficulty of getting a good read while abroad on business, The Good Book Guide founder, Peter Braithwaite, set up the Guide 20 years ago to recommend a wide range of books to, as he puts it, "enquiring, adventurous readers". Today, the guide (twice winner of the Queen's Award for export) sifts through the 90s information overload to highlight not just books but also audio books, videos and CD Roms.
In last April `s 100th issue, as in each Good Book Guide, besides reviews, readers were treated to a variety of celebrity author interviews, literary news, views and gossip: Lisa Jardine on the books which formed her, Richard Hoggart on the literate person's "must-have-reads", an interview with Booker Prize Winner, Graham Swift, and a revealing compilation of its 100 best-selling titles of the last 20 years, The Good Book Guide Top 100.
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