All book reviews – by author

Aaronovitch, Ben Rivers of London

Adams, Douglas The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So long, and thanks for all the fish; Mostly Harmless

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi Purple Hibiscus; Half a Yellow Sun; Americanah

Adiga, Aravind The White Tiger

Alcott, Louisa May Little Women

Alderman, Naomi The Power

Aldersey-Williams, Hugh Periodic Tales

Ali, Monica In the Kitchen

Amis, Kingsley The Green Man; The Old Devils; I Like it Here; Lucky Jim; You Can’t Do Both

Amis, Martin Money; The Information; Lionel Asbo; Yellow Dog;

Arthur, Max The Real Band of Brothers

Ashworth, Tony Trench Warfare 1914-1918

Atwood, Margaret Alias Grace; The Handmaid’s Tale; Surfacing; The Testaments

Austen, Jane Emma; Northanger Abbey; Pride and Prejudice; Sense and Sensibility Mansfield Park


Bainbridge, Beryl An Awfully Big Adventure

Banville, John The Sea

Barnes, Julian Arthur and George; The Sense of an Ending

Baxter, Stephen Ark; Flood

Beatty, Paul The Sellout

Beckett, Samuel Murphy

Beerbohm, Max Zuleika Dobson

Beevor, Antony Berlin

Bellow, Saul The Adventures of Augie March

Benn, Tony The Best of Benn

Berger, John G.

Berry, Steve The Jefferson Key

Best, Nicholas The Greatest Day in History

Bew, John Citizen Clem

Bierce, Ambrose An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Black, Benjamin The Black-eyed Blonde

Blackman, Malorie Noughts and Crosses

Bourne, J L Shattered Hourglass

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

Brookner, Anita Hotel du Lac

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

Burns, Anna Milkman

Byatt, A S Possession


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, How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup

Carroll, Lewis Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Carter, Angela The Bloody Chamber

Chandler, Raymond The Big Sleep; The Lady in the Lake; The Long Goodbye; Farewell, my Lovely

Chesterton, G.K. The Man Who Was Thursday

Christopher, John The Death of Grass

Coetzee, J.M. Life & Times of Michael K; Disgrace; Youth

Collins, Wilkie The Moonstone

Conan Doyle, Arthur The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; The Sign of the Four; The Valley of Fear; The Hound of the Baskervilles

Connolly, Michael The Drop

Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness

Corrigan, Gordon Mud, Blood and Poppycock

Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage

Criado Perez, Caroline Invisible Women


Dash, Mike Batavia’s Graveyard

Defoe, Daniel Robinson CrusoeThe Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

Delillo, Don Underworld

Desai, Kiran The Inheritance of Loss

Diamond, Jared Collapse; The World Until Yesterday; Guns Germs and Steel; Upheaval

Dick, Philip K Lies, Inc; The Man in the High Castle

Dickens, Charles A Christmas Carol; David Copperfield; Nicholas Nickleby; The Old Curiosity Shop; A Tale of Two Cities; Bleak House

Disraeli, Benjamin Sybil

Dostoievsky, Fyodor Crime and Punishment

Doyle, Roddy Paddy Clarke, Ha, Ha, Ha

Dos Passos, John 1919

Dreisser, Theodore Sister Carrie


Eagleton, Terry Why Marx was Right

Edgeworth, Maria Castle Rackrent

Eliot, George Middlemarch

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 Paris Echo; Where my Heart Used to Beat

Ferguson, Adam When Money Dies

Fielding, Henry Tom Jones, A Foundling

Fforde, Jasper The Eyre Affair; The Well of Lost Plots; One of Our Thursdays is Missing; Something Rotten; The Woman who Died a Lot; First Among Sequels; Early Riser; The Constant Rabbit

Fitzgerald, Penelope The Beginning of Spring; The Gate of Angels

Fitzgerald, F Scott The Great Gatsby

Flanagan, Richard The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Fleming, Ian Casino Royale

Ford, Ford Madox The Good Soldier

Forster, E.M. A Passage to India; Howards End; Where Angels Fear to Tread; The Machine Stops; Collected short stories

Frayn, Michael Skios; Towards the End of the Morning

Fry, Stephen Moab is my Washpot


Gaiman, Neil Anansi Boys; The Graveyard Book; Neverwhere

Gibbons, Stella Pure Juliet; The Bachelor; Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm; Cold Comfort Farm; Here be Dragons; Starlight; Westwood

Gissing, George New Grub Street

Gladwell, Malcolm Talking to Strangers

Golding, William Lord of the Flies

Gordimer, Nadine  The Conservationist

Graeme, Kenneth The Wind in the Willows

Grant, Mira Feed

Green, Henry Party Going

Green, John Turtles all the way down

Graham Greene Brighton Rock; The End of the Affair; The Third Man


Haddon, Mark A Spot of Bother; The Red House

Haggard, H Rider King Solomon’s Mines

Haig, Matt How to Stop Time

Hammett, Dashiel The Maltese Falcon

Hardy, Thomas Jude the Obscure; The Mayor of Casterbridge; Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Hargrave, Kiran Millwood The Mercies

Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter

Heller, Joseph Catch 22

Hemingway, Ernest Fiesta

Herrick, Robert Selected Poems

Hill, Susan Jacob’s Room is Full of Books

Hollinghurst, Alan The Line of Beauty

Hornung, E W Raffles

Horowitz, Anthony The House of Silk

Huxley, Aldous Brave New World; Crome Yellow


Isherwood, Christopher A Single Man

Ishiguro, Kazuo An Artist of the Floating World; The Remains of the Day; Never Let Me Go; The Buried Giant

Kelman, James How Late it Was, How Late


Jackson, Shirley We Have Always Lived in the Castle; The Lottery and other short stories; Dark Tales

James, Henry The Golden Bowl

Jerome, K Jerome Three Men in a Boat

Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer Heat and Dust

Jonasson, Jonas The One Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared

Jones, Dan The Templars

Joyce, James Ulysses


Kanon, Joseph The Good German

Keyes, Daniel Flowers for Algernon

Kerouac, Jack On the Road

Kershaw, Ian The End, Germany 1944-45

Kipling, Rudyard Kim


Lawrence, D.H. The Rainbow; Sons and Lovers

le Carre, John Call for the Dead; Smiley’s People; The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Lee, Harper To Kill a MockingbirdGo Set a Watchman

Lessing, Doris The Fifth Child; The Golden Notebook

Letts, Quentin Patronising Bastards

Lewis, Sinclair Babbitt; It Can’t Happen Here

London, Jack The Call of the Wild

Loos, Anita Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Lovecraft, H.P. At the Mountains of Madness

Lowe, Keith Savage Continent

Lowry, Malcolm Under the Volcano


Mantel, Hilary Wolf Hall

Mansfield, Katherine In a German Pension

Mantel, Yann Life of Pi

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia 100 Years of Solitude

Matheson, Richard The Shrinking Man

Maugham, Somerset Of Human Bondage

McCullers, Carson The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

McEwan, Ian Machines Like Me; The Cockroach; Enduring Love; Black Dogs; The Innocent; Sweet Tooth; Amsterdam; On Chesil Beach; Nutshell

McGahern, John Amongst Women

McGough, Roger Collected Poems

McRaney, David You Are Not So Smart

Meiville, China The City and the City; This Census Taker

Melville, Herman Moby Dick; Bartleby the Scrivener

Middleton, Stanley Holiday

Miller, Henry Tropic of Cancer

Milligan, Spike Adolf Hitler, My Part in His Downfall

Mitchell, David The Bone Clocks; The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet; Slade House

Mitchell, David Back Story

Mitford, Nancy Love in a Cold Climate

Moran, Caitlin How to Build a Girl; Moranthology

Morrison, Toni Beloved; Paradise; Song of Solomon

Munro, H H When William Came

Murakami, Haruki Hard-boiled Wonderland and the end of the world

Murdoch, Iris The Sea The Sea


Nabokov, Vladimir Glory; Laughter in the Dark; Lolita; Pale Fire; Pnin

Naipaul, V.S. A Bend in the River

Newby, P H Something to Answer For

Newman, Kim The Hound of the Durbevilles

Nicholls, David The Understudy; Us

Niven, John The Second Coming

Nunns, Alex The Candidate


O’Brien, Flann At Swim Two Birds; The Third Policeman

O’Brien, James How to be Right

O’Farrell, Maggie Hamnet

Orwell, George 1984; Coming Up for Air; Animal Farm; Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Osborne, John Look Back in Anger

Osman, Richard The Thursday Murder Club


Palacio, R.J. Wonder

Peacock, Thomas Love Nightmare Abbey

Peake, Mervyn Gormenghast; Titus Groan; Titus Alone

Perry, Sarah The Essex Serpent; Melmoth

Pierre, DBC Vernon God Little

Pimlott, Ben Harold Wilson

Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar

Poe, Edgar Allen The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym; The Fall of the House of Usher; The Murders in the Rue Morgue and other stories, Terry The Colour of Magic (Discworld 1); The Light Fantastic (Discworld 2); Equal Rites (Discworld 3); Mort (Discworld 4)Sourcery (Discworld 5); Wyrd Sisters (Discworld 6); Pyramids (Discworld 7; Guards! Guards! (Discworld 8); Eric (Discworld 9); Moving Pictures (Discworld 10); Reaper Man (Discworld 11); Witches Abroad (Discworld 12)Small Gods (Discworld 13); Lords and Ladies (Discworld 14); Men at Arms (Discworld 15); Soul Music (Discworld 16); Interesting Times (Discworld 17); Maskerade (Discworld 18); Feet of Clay (Discworld 19); Hogfather (Discworld 20); Jingo (Discworld 21); The Last Continent (Discworld 22); Carpe Jugulum (Discworld 23); The Fifth Elephant (Discworld 24); The Truth (Discworld 25); Thief of Time (Discworld 26); The Last Hero (Discworld 27); The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (Discworld 28); The Night Watch (Discworld 29);The Wee Free Men (Discworld 30); Monstrous Regiment (Discworld 31); A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld 32); Going Postal (Discworld 33); Thud! (Discworld 34); Wintersmith (Discworld 35); Making Money (Discworld 36); Unseen Academicals (Discworld 37); I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld 38); Snuff (Discworld 39); The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld 41); The Long War (with Stephen Baxter); The Long Earth (also with Stephen Baxter); Good Omens (with Neil Gaiman); The Discworld Companion (with Stephen Briggs)

Prince, Rosa Comrade Corbyn

Purcell, Laura The Silent Companions


Rhys, Jean Wide Sargasso Sea

Richardson, Samuel Clarissa

Rice Burroughs, Edgar Tarzan of the Apes

Riddell, Chris, and Stewart, Paul The Nameless One

Robinson, Marilynne Housekeeping

Rolfe, F Hadrian 7th

Ronson, Jon So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed; The Psychopath Test

Roper, Hugh Trevor The Last Days of Adolf Hitler

Rosling, Hans Factfulness

Roth, Philip The Plot Against America; Portnoy’s Complaint

Rowling, J.K. The Casual Vacancy; Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire;

Rubenhold, Hallie Five

Rushdie, Salman Midnight’s Children; Haroun and the Sea of Stories


Safran Foer, Jonathan Here I Am

Saki When William Came

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye

Sansom, C.J. Dominion

Saunders, George Lincoln in the Bardo

Seddon, Mark Standing for Something

Self, Will The Book of Dave

Sewell, Anna Black Beauty

Shapiro, James 1606 The Year of Lear

Shariatmadari, David Don’t Believe a Word

Sharot, Tali The Influential Mind

Shelley, Mary Frankenstein

Shute, Nevil A Town Like Alice

Smith, Ali The Accidental; Autumn

Smith, Dodie I Capture the Castle

Spark, Muriel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; The Driver’s Seat; The Ballad of Peckham Rye

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; Kidnapped; Treasure Island

Stoker, Bram Dracula

Stuart, Douglas Shuggie Bain

Suskind, Patrick Perfume

Sutherland, John Is Heathcliff a Murderer?

Swift, Graham Last Orders

Swift, Jonathan Gulliver’s Travels


Tavris, Carol & Aronson, Elliott Mistakes Were Made

Taylor, Elizabeth Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont

Thackeray, William Vanity Fair

Thorne, Jack Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Timur, Vermes Look Who’s Back

Tolkien, J R R The Hobbit

Trollope, Anthony The Way We Live Now; The Warden

Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Tyler, Anne Breathing Lessons


Updike, John Rabbit Redux


Verne, Jules The Mysterious Island; Around the World in Eighty Days

Vonnegut, Kurt Cat’s Cradle; Mother Knight; Slaughterhouse 5


Walpole, Horace The Castle of Otranto

Warner, Sylvia Townsend Lolly Willowes

Warren, Robert Penn All the King’s Men

Waugh, Evelyn Men at Arms; Officers and Gentlemen; Put Out More Flags; A Handful of Dust; Brideshead Revisited; Scoop; Vile Bodies; Black Mischief; The Loved One

Webb, Robert How not to be a Boy

Wells, H.G. The History of Mr Polly; The Time Machine; The War in the Air; War of the Worlds; The Invisible Man; The Island of Dr. Moreau

Wharton, Edith The Age of Innocence

White, Patrick Voss

Whitehead, Colson The Underground Railroad

Wilde, Oscar The Portrait of Dorian Gray

Winterson, Jeanette The Daylight Gate

Wodehouse, P.G Joy in the Morning; Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

Woolf, Virginia Mrs Dalloway; A Room of One’s Own

Wyndham, John The Day of the Triffids; The Chrysalids


Zafon, Carlos Ruix The Shadow of the Wind

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