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British Fiction

The British Library has extensive collections of fiction from many parts of the world. In particular, it has especially rich collections of modern British fiction. We are obliged to receive one copy of every book, newspaper and periodical published in the United Kingdom and, via different legislation, one copy of every book published in the Republic of Ireland.

Overview | Finding fiction in the British Library | Other British Library fiction resources | Other libraries with fiction collections

Novels, collections of short stories, stories and extracts in periodicals and newspapers, writers' manuscripts, and sound recordings make the Library's British fiction collections the greatest of their kind. The literary criticism that supports the interpretation of fiction is also well represented.

Finding fiction in the British Library

The Library's fiction collections and supporting materials can be located on the Library's catalogues, listed below, and consulted in our Reading Rooms.

TypeLocationCatalogue
Novels, short story collections, literary criticism, periodicalsSt PancrasExplore the British Library
NewspapersColindaleNewspapers Web Catalogue
Authors' & publishers' manuscripts, including correspondenceSt PancrasManuscripts Online Catalogue
Sound recordingsSt PancrasBritish Library Sound Archive Catalogue

Other British Library fiction resources

  • Information on English literature reference works held in the Humanities Reading Room, including electronic resources, as well as links to other English literature sites.
  • Featured Authors
    Information on the Library's special collections of printed books associated with modern authors, with finding lists and websites for a small selection of featured authors.
  • British writers - The Spoken Word

Other libraries with fiction collections

Many institutions have special book and manuscript collections associated with authors of the British Isles, including:

Many manuscript collections in Britain can be located using the UK National Register of Archives.