Books by Matthew Kneale

Matthew Kneale is the author of several novels, including, most recently, English Passengers, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year 2000 award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives in Rome, Italy.


ROME by Matthew Kneale
Released: May 15, 2018

"A lively perspective on Rome's rich history."
A sprawling city with an ancient history, Rome defies a neat narrative of its past. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An intellectually interesting comparison in the same way that comparative histories of revolutions are interesting; there's blood and passion in all that madness, but it doesn't always land on the page."
An atheistic novelist temporarily abandons his fiction to examine the roots and history of belief. Read full book review >
WHEN WE WERE ROMANS by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 2008

"One of the best explorations of a child's mind and heart in recent fiction, and its talented author's best book yet."
The technique of portraying adult experience through a child's eyes and words—accomplished in classic works as otherwise dissimilar as What Maisie Knew and The Catcher in the Rye—is knowingly adopted by the Whitbread Award-winning British author (Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
SMALL CRIMES IN AN AGE OF ABUNDANCE by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2005

"A most unusual debut collection, and a very good one indeed."
Envy, snobbery and xenophobia coexist with such literal crimes as child abuse and drug-peddling. Read full book review >
MR. FOREIGNER by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Witty, fast-paced fun: a great story (already winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize) that keeps the tempo up and doesn't take itself too seriously. Kneale is out of the gate running."
A kind of darkly comic Asian version of Midnight Express, as second-novelist Kneale (the Whitbread-winning English Passengers, 2000) describes a young Englishman trapped in Japan. Read full book review >
ENGLISH PASSENGERS by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2000

"Despite minor echoes of Great Expectations and Thomas Keneally's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith: an original, impressively knowledgeable, and very moving historical novel."
A richly satisfying debut, comparable in many ways to Andrea Barrett's The Voyage of the Narwhal, that uses nearly 20 carefully distinguished voices to tell the convoluted story of a 19th-century expedition to Tasmania and a stalemated conflict between "civilization" and "savagery." Read full book review >