This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from www.bic.org.uk.
Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.
|F||Fiction and related items…
Do not use “F” on individual books; select appropriate detailed code(s) from Section F; For fiction anthologies, use DQ “Anthologies” with appropriate F* code to indicate genre where appropriate
|FF||Crime and mystery…
Class here: crime fiction published before c. 1950 eg Conan Doyle, Christie, Sayers, etc
Note: use for contemporary mysteries set in past times, eg in Victorian, Medieval, Roman period
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