Contents – reviews by author

Aaronovitch, Ben

Rivers of London

Alcott, Louisa May

Little Women

Aldersey-Williams, Hugh

Periodic Tales

Amis, Kingsley

The Green Man

Lucky Jim

You Can’t Do Both

Amis, Martin


The Information

Lionel Asbo

Yellow Dog

Ashworth, Tony

Trench Warfare 1914-1918

Austen, Jane


Pride and Prejudice


Banville, John

The Sea

Barnes, Julian

The Sense of an Ending

Arthur and George

Baxter, Stephen



Beatty, Paul

The Sellout

Beckett, Samuel


Beerbohm, Max

Zuleika Dobson

Beevor, Antony


Bellow, Saul

The Adventures of Augie March

Benn, Tony

The Best of Benn

Malorie Blackman

Noughts and Crosses

Bowen, Elizabeth

The Heat of the Day

Boyd, William

Waiting for Sunrise

Bradbury, Ray

Fahrenheit 451

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Bronte, Anne

Agnes Grey

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Bronte, Charlotte

Jane Eyre

The Professor

Bronte, Emily

Wuthering Heights

Bryson, Bill

The Road to Little Dribbling

At Home

Buchan, John

The 39 steps

Bullock, Alan

Hitler – a study in tyranny

Bunyan, John

The Pilgrim’s Progress

Burgess, Anthony

A Clockwork Orange

The Complete Enderby

Burnet, Graeme Macrae

His Bloody Project

Burnett, Frances Hodgson

The Secret Garden


Calvino, Italo

The Path to the Spiders’ Nest

Capote, Truman

In Cold Blood

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Carey, Peter

The True History of the Kelly Gang

Carr, J.L.

A Month in the Country

Carroll, Lewis

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Chandler, Raymond

The Big Sleep

Chesterton, G.K.

The Man Who Was Thursday

Christopher, John

The Death of Grass

Coetzee, J.M.


Collins, Wilkie

The Moonstone

Conan Doyle, Arthur

The Sign of the Four

Connolly, Michael

The Drop

Conrad, Joseph

Heart of Darkness

Corrigan, Gordon

Mud, Blood and Poppycock

Crane, Stephen

The Red Badge of Courage


Defoe, Daniel

Robinson Crusoe

Delillo, Don


Desai, Kiran

The Inheritance of Loss

Diamond, Jared


The World Until Yesterday

Guns Germs and Steel

Dickens, Charles

David Copperfield

Nicholas Nickleby

Disraeli, Benjamin


Doyle, Roddy

Paddy Clarke, Ha, Ha, Ha

Dos Passos, John


Dreisser, Theodore

Sister Carrie


Eliot, George


Elton, Ben

Time and Time Again

Enright, Anne

The Gathering


Farrell, J G

The Siege of Krishnapur

Faulkner, William

As I Lay Dying

Faulks, Sebastian

Where my Heart Used to Beat

Fforde, Jasper

The Well of Lost Plots

One of Our Thursdays is Missing

Something Rotten

The Woman who Died a Lot

Fitzgerald, Penelope

The Beginning of Spring

Fitzgerald, F Scott

The Great Gatsby

Flanagan, Richard

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Ian Fleming

Casino Royale

Ford, Ford Madox

The Good Soldier

Forster, E.M.

A Passage to India

Frayn, Michael


Towards the End of the Morning


Gaiman, Neil

The Graveyard Book

Gibbons, Stella

Pure Juliet

The Bachelor

Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm

Cold Comfort Farm



Gissing, George

New Grub Street

Golding, William

Lord of the Flies

Graeme, Kenneth

The Wind in the Willows

Green, Henry

Party Going

Green, John

Turtles all the way down

Graham Greene

The End of the Affair


Haddon, Mark

A Spot of Bother

The Red House

Hammett, Dashiel

The Maltese Falcon

Hardy, Thomas

Jude the Obscure

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

The Scarlet Letter

Heller, Joseph

Catch 22

Hemingway, Ernest


Hill, Susan

Jacob’s Room is Full of Books

Hollinghurst, Alan

The Line of Beauty

Horowitz, Anthony

The House of Silk

Huxley, Aldous

Brave New World


Isherwood, Christopher

A Single Man

Ishiguro, Kazuo

An Artist of the Floating World


James, Henry

The Golden Bowl

Jerome, K Jerome

Three Men in a Boat

Jones, Dan

The Templars


Kanon, Jospeh

The Good German

Kerouac, Jack

On the Road

Kershaw, Ian

The End, Germany 1944-45

Kipling, Rudyard



Lawrence, D.H.

The Rainbow

Sons and Lovers

Lee, Harper

To Kill a Mockingbird

Go Set a Watchman

Lessing, Doris

The Fifth Child

The Golden Notebook

Lewis, Sinclair


London, Jack

The Call of the Wild

Loos, Anita

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Lowe, Keith

Savage Continent

Lowry, Malcolm

Under the Volcano


Mantel, Hilary

Wolf Hall

Richard Matheson

The Shrinking Man

Maugham, Somerset

Of Human Bondage

McEwan, Ian

Enduring Love

Black Dogs

The Innocent

Sweet Tooth


On Chesil Beach


McGahern, John

Amongst Women

Melville, Herman

Moby Dick

Miller, Henry

Tropic of Cancer

Mitchell, David

The Bone Clocks

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Slade House

Moran, Caitlin

How to Build a Girl


Morrison, Toni


Song of Solomon

Murakami, Haruki

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the end of the world


Nabokov, Vladimir


Pale Fire

Naipaul, V.S.

A Bend in the River

Nicholls, David

The Understudy


Nunns, Alex

The Candidate


O’Brien, Flann

At Swim Two Birds

The Third Policeman

Orwell, George


Coming Up for Air


Palacio, R.J.


Peacock, Thomas Love

Nightmare Abbey

Plath, Sylvia

The Bell Jar

Poe, Edgar Allen

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym

Pratchett, Terry

The Colour of Magic

The Light Fantastic

The Night Watch

The Shepherd’s Crown

The Long War (with Stephen Baxter)

The Long Earth (also with Stephen Baxter)

Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman)


Rhys, Jean

Wide Sargasso Sea

Richardson, Samuel


Robinson, Marilynne


Rolfe, F

Hadrian 7th

Ronson, Jon

So You’ve been publicly shamed

Roper, Hugh Trevor

The Last Days of Adolf Hitler

Roth, Philip

The Plot Against America

Portnoy’s Complaint

Rowling, J.K.

The Casual Vacancy

Rushdie, Salman

Midnight’s Children


Safran Foer, Jonathan

Here I Am

Salinger, J.D.

The Catcher in the Rye

Sansom, C.J.


Seddon, Mark

Standing for Something

Self, Will

The Book of Dave

Shelley, Mary


Smith, Ali

The Accidental


Spark, Muriel

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Stargardt, Nicholas

The German War: A Nation Under Arms

Steinbeck, John

Of Mice and Men

The Grapes of Wrath

Sterne, Laurence

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde


Treasure Island

Stoker, Bram


Suskind, Patrick


Sutherland, John

Is Heathcliff a Murderer?

Swift, Jonathan

Gulliver’s Travels


Taylor, Elizabeth

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

William M Thackeray

Vanity Fair

Thorne, Jack

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Trollope, Anthony

The Way We Live Now

Twain, Mark

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Tyler, Anne

Breathing Lessons


Updike, John

Rabbit Redux


Verne, Jules

The Mysterious Island

Vonnegut, Kurt

Cat’s Cradle

Mother Knight

Slaughterhouse 5


Warner, Sylvia Townsend

Lolly Willowes

Warren, Robert Penn

All the King’s Men

Waugh, Evelyn

A Handful of Dust

Brideshead Revisited


Vile Bodies

Wells, H.G.

The History of Mr Polly

Wharton, Edith

The Age of Innocence

Wilde, Oscar

The Portrait of Dorian Gray

Wodehouse, P.G

Joy in the Morning

Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

Woolf, Virginia

Mrs Dalloway


Zafon, Carlos Ruix

The Shadow of the Wind