Book Reviews

Welcome to Silverlock Book Reviews. On this page you’ll find links to the reviews I have written. If you’re a publisher, author, fellow-reviewer, bookseller, or just like reading my reviews then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on Twitter at (I’m happy to read proofs of upcoming publications too.)

The books are mainly fiction, as that is the genre I write in, and the department I used to lead at, but you’ll also find a few history and science books here too. Please click the links to navigate the reviews on the blog, or scroll down on the Home page.


Daniel Abraham – The Dragon’s Path

Kate Atkinson – Life After Life

Iain M. Banks – Consider Phlebas

Pat Barker – Regeneration

Harry Bingham – Talking to the Dead

A.S. Byatt – Ragnarök

Stuart Clark – The Sensorium of God

Stuart Clark – The Day Without Yesterday

Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho – Manuscript Found In Accra

Wilkie Collins – Armadale

Bernard Cornwell – Azincourt

Kevin Crossley-Holland – The Penguin Book of Norse Myths

Lindsey Davis – Master And God

Arthur Conan Doyle – The Lost World

Helen Dunmore – The Siege

George Eliot – Silas Marner

Ian Fleming – Casino Royale

Ken Follett – Fall of Giants

Stella Gibbons – Cold Comfort Farm

Michele Giuttari – A Florentine Death

Robert Harris – Imperium

Robin Hobb – Fool’s Assassin

Anthony Horowitz – The Alex Rider series

Anthony Horowitz – Russian Roulette

P.D. James – Death Comes to Pemberley

Susanna Jones – When Nights Were Cold

Hannah Kent – Burial Rites

George R.R. Martin – A Game of Thrones & A Clash of Kings

Daphne du Maurier – My Cousin Rachel

Cormac McCarthy – The Road

Lottie Moggach – Kiss Me First

Lawrence Norfolk – John Saturnall’s Feast

Mervyn Peake – Titus Groan

Terry Pratchett – Snuff

Philip Pullman – Grimm Tales

Kate Quinn – Mistress of Rome

Marc Read – New Stars For Old

Tom Rob Smith – Child 44

Donal Ryan – The Spinning Heart

James Smythe – The Explorer

Will Storr – The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone

Rosemary Sutcliff – Outcast

Lucille Turner – Gioconda

Salley Vickers – The Cleaner of Chartres

Paul Waters – Of Merchants and Heroes

Connie Willis – Doomsday Book

Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The Angel’s Game



Stephen Emmett – 10 Billion

Stephen Grosz – The Examined Life

Tom Holland – Rubicon

Michio Kaku – Parallel Worlds


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