Book Review Samples

Besides reading an entire book, book reviews require that the reviewer be knowledgeable in information that connects with the book as well. Read our book review samples to get a taste of what it takes to write one on your own.

3,096 Days by Natascha Kampusch

By Austin Williams The agonising and ultimately redemptive tale of the trapped Chilean miners captured the world’s hearts and headlines. At the time of writing,…

The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis

By Wes Brown Martin Amis burst onto the seventies literary circuit, an ‘enfant terrible’, only twenty-four and yet apparently fully-formed—The Rachel Papers (1973), Dead Babies…

Ilustrado, by Miguel Syjuco

By Mike Jakeman Ilustrado, winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize and the debut novel by a young Filipino writer, Miguel Syjuco, begins with…

And This is True

By Chris Sims ‘Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true,’ writes Proust in Remembrance of Things Past.…

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

By Angelica Michelis The final part of Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy starts exactly where the second volume has finished: Lisbeth Salander, the plucky and unusual heroine…

The New Old World

By Chris Bickerton Perry Anderson’s The New Old World is a welcome addition to the many books published in recent years on the European Union…

The Slap

By Mike Jakeman Until the triumphant return of Jonathan Franzen in the autumn, it seemed that Christos Tsiolkas’ novel, The Slap, was a contender for…

King Death by Toby Litt

By Miguel Fernandes Ceia Working his way through the alphabet, Toby Litt has now delivered the letter ‘K’ with his new novel King Death. The…

How the West Was Lost

By Andrew Wheelhouse ‘We think we know what’s coming. But is it already too late?’ Taglines this ominous in tone usually belong to a Roland…

A Hierarchy Nevertheless

By Nicky Charlish Postwar British history has been a fruitful furrow for scholars to plough. After books covering a range of subjects from the New…

Metro 2033 Book Review

Science fiction is to some extent a rather conservative genre, as it is based mostly on long-established canons. Each science-fiction sub-genre, be it space opera,…

The Lord of the Rings

“The Lord of the Rings” is a book trilogy that is in many senses precious to me. I tried reading the trilogy several times, but…

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