Books by A.N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson was born in 1950 and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has held a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. The Victorians, Wilson's study of the Victorian age, was


THE ELIZABETHANS by A.N. Wilson
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2012

"Great fun, despite some unnecessary argumentativeness."
Vivid, opinionated overview of 16th-century Britain by prolific novelist/historian/biographer Wilson (Dante in Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
HITLER by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"The author's salty certainty both enlivens and diminishes his work."
The award-winning journalist, biographer and novelist offers a short, often-pugnacious biography of the Führer. Read full book review >
DANTE IN LOVE by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"He's a fine tour guide, never failing to throw light on this dark wood."
"In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight way was lost." Read full book review >
OUR TIMES by A.N. Wilson
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"By turns sardonic, rueful, engaging and cantankerous."
A novelist and disgruntled observer of modern Britain concludes his historical trilogy—following The Victorians (2003) and After the Victorians (2005)—with a stylishly grumpy survey of Britain's "decline" in the past half century. Read full book review >
WINNIE AND WOLF by A.N. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2008

"Deliberately excessive, Wilson's latest lacks artistic coherence but does offer a feast for music lovers."
Winnie is Richard Wagner's daughter-in-law; Wolf is Hitler. Their relationship is just one item in this fact/fiction hybrid, an appealing grab bag of impressions of the Bayreuth Festival, the Weimar Republic and much more. Read full book review >
BETJEMAN by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Occasionally displays the author's characteristic acerbity—but generous to a fault."
A generous, even admiring, biography of the late English poet laureate (1906–84) known for his sing-songy verse (some call it doggerel), his BBC broadcasts, his devotion to the Church of England (despite his unconventional private life) and his determination to save England's notable older buildings from the wrecking ball. Read full book review >
AFTER THE VICTORIANS by A.N. Wilson
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 2, 2005

"A lucid companion to The Victorians (2003), and a fine work of social history of a world gone by."
Empires come and go, though seldom as suddenly and thoroughly as Great Britain's fall from world dominance. Read full book review >
MY NAME IS LEGION by A.N. Wilson
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Malicious fun, with a very keen edge. Wilson's most abrasively entertaining yet."
Readers who treasure Evelyn Waugh's nasty 1938 comic masterpiece Scoop (and we are legion) will rejoice to find it reborn in the tireless British author's saber-toothed 18th novel. Read full book review >
LONDON by A.N. Wilson
HISTORY
Released: July 13, 2004

"Not rah-rah enough for the tourist trade, and too sketchy for the armchair traveler."
British biographer and novelist Wilson (The Victorians, 2003, etc.) briskly recaps London's evolution from Roman outpost to multicultural metropolis. Read full book review >
THE VICTORIANS by A.N. Wilson
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"An altogether excellent look at the Victorian era, with all its flaws and glories."
A brilliant evocation of a generation that, at least for the English, is both very much alive and has "vanished totally." Read full book review >
GOD'S FUNERAL by A.N. Wilson
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Sharp, informed writing from one of the late 20th century's most esteemed cultural commentators. (Author tour)"
A mellifluous, perceptive intellectual history of the Victorians' struggles with faith. Read full book review >
DREAM CHILDREN by A.N. Wilson
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A —topic— novel that surpasses its genre and goes to the dreadful—but this time authentic—heart of the matter."
At a time when child sex abuse elicits myriad accusations, mea culpas, and endless shelves of prefab fiction, the prolific Wilson (Jesus, A Life, 1992; The Vicar of Sorrows, 1994; etc., etc.) offers a respectable, genuine, intellectual portrait of a pedophile that also makes for a gripper indeed. Read full book review >
PAUL by A.N. Wilson
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 1997

 In a worthy companion volume to his Jesus: A Life (1992), novelist-biographer Wilson (A Watch in the Night, 1996, etc.) adeptly recreates the milieu of Christianity's greatest interpreter and missionary. Read full book review >
A WATCH IN THE NIGHT by A.N. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The insights of a lifetime enrich this marvelous work, full of rewards for loyal readers and delights for new ones."
 The last volume in Wilson's quintet, known collectively as the Lampitt Chronicles (Hearing Voices, 1996, etc.), not only answers the big mystery that dogged all the earlier books, but it fully lives up to his grand scheme—to be a ``petit-bourgeois, English, late twentieth-century recovery of Lost Time.'' Which is to say, it's Proustian without the pretensions: No heavily suppressed desire, no social-climbing on a grand scale. Read full book review >
HEARING VOICES by A.N. Wilson
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A must for fans of Wilson's Lampitt books, but not the place to begin—much here won't make sense to those unfamiliar with Wilson's grand narrative."
 The fourth book in Wilson's Lampitt Papers, an on-going chronicle of 20th-century England and one man's effort to understand a representative life—a life that has become shrouded in intrigue and innuendo. Read full book review >
THE VICAR OF SORROWS by A.N. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Certainly the darkest of Wilson's novels: a superb web of secrets and misunderstandings that ends with an affirmation—all the more powerful for being hard-earned."
 The prolific novelist and biographer, and well-known apostate from the Church of England, here records in fiction a similar loss of faith. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"A thinking person's irreverent, entertaining, and knowledgeable guide to the monarchy."
 Wilson (Jesus, 1992, etc.) turns his attention and considerable wit to the crisis of Britain's Royal Family—elevating the tabloid debate about Diana and Charles and the rest of the clan so that we see them as players in the possible collapse of the monarchy itself. Read full book review >
JESUS by A.N. Wilson
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"A formidable challenge to believers in Jesus' divinity, Wilson's eminently readable book also serves as an excellent introduction to the New Testament."
 The prolific novelist (Daughters of Albion, 1991, etc.) and biographer (C.S. Lewis, 1990, etc.) turns his attention to the historical Jesus, a biographical subject out of fashion among contemporary theologians. Read full book review >
HAZEL THE GUINEA PIG by A.N. Wilson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Boldly delineated b&w illustrations contribute to the inviting format. (Fiction. 6-9)"
 Three easily read episodes, realistic except for the guinea pigs' spritely conversations that—though they do enjoy choosing just the right word—are mostly plausible verbalizations of what the little creatures might be experiencing. Read full book review >
DAUGHTERS OF ALBION by A.N. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Admirable in its own right, this always enjoyable comedy of manners gains in meaning and significance when read in sequence—a trilogy (so far) of Balzacian dimensions and Amis-like wit."
 The third volume in Wilson's ``Lampitt Papers'' sequence is just as engaging and entertaining as the first two (Incline Our Hearts and A Bottle in the Smoke). Read full book review >
TABITHA by A.N. Wilson
Released: April 1, 1989

A beautifully written and produced early "chapter book" by a well-known British novelist—strong on style but weak on content. Read full book review >