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A.S. Byatt: Possession: A Romance, Angels & Insects, A Whistling Woman by Margaret Reynolds2004 Byatt
American Fiction: Native son - Richard Wright; To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee; The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger; Catch-22 - Joseph Heller by Margaret Reynolds
Ian McEwan: The Child in Time, Enduring Love, Atonement by Margaret Reynolds2002 McEwan
Iris Murdoch: The Bell; The Black Prince; The Sea, the Sea by Margaret Reynolds2004 Murdoch
Jeanette Winterson: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit; The Passion; Sexing the Cherry; The Powerbook by Margaret Reynolds2003 Winterson
John Fowles: The Collector, The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman by Margaret Reynolds2003 Fowles
Louis de Bernières: Captain Corelli's Mandolin; the War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts; Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman by Margaret Reynolds2002 de Bernières
Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale, Bluebeard's Egg, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Reynolds2002 Atwood
Martin Amis: The Rachel Papers, London Fields, Time's Arrow, Experience by Margaret Reynolds2003 Amis
Roddy Doyle: The Barrytown Trilogy by Margaret Reynolds2004 Doyle
Salman Rushdie: Midnight's Children, Shame, The Satanic Verses by Margaret Reynolds2003 Rushdie
Sebastian Faulks: Birdsong, Charlotte Gray, The Girl at the Lion d'Or by Margaret Reynolds2002 Faulks
Susan Hill: I'm the King of the Castle; Strange Meeting; The Woman in Black; A Bit of Singing and Dancing by Margaret Reynolds2003 Hill
Toni Morrison: Beloved, Jazz, Paradise by Margaret Reynolds2003 Morrison

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Series?!

How do series work?

To create a series or add a work to it, go to a "work" page. The "Common Knowledge" section now includes a "Series" field. Enter the name of the series to add the book to it.

Works can belong to more than one series. In some cases, as with Chronicles of Narnia, disagreements about order necessitate the creation of more than one series.

Tip: If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title (eg., "Chronicles of Prydain (book 1)"). By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. If you want to force a particular order, use the | character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, "(0|prequel)" sorts by 0 under the label "prequel."

What isn't a series?

Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).

Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.

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