Books by Scarlett Thomas

Scarlett Thomas was born in London in 1972. She is the author of the novels BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS, GOING OUT and POPCO. Scarlett writes regularly for the Independent on Sunday and Scotland on Sunday, and has also contributed stories and articles to Butterfl


OLIGARCHY by Scarlett Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2020

"Another strange delight from one of the United Kingdom's most interesting authors."
Eating disorders and suspected murder fuel the latest novel from the author of The Seed Collectors (2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CHOSEN ONES by Scarlett Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2018

"A rich, original, and imaginative sequel for fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In this sequel to Dragon's Green (2017), 11-year-old "true hero" Effie Truelove finds her life and her world in peril. Read full book review >
DRAGON'S GREEN by Scarlett Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 2017

"A compelling new fantasy series with an unlikely heroine, quirky helpers, dragons, portals, witches, and wizards. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
This series opener introduces "unprepossessing eleven-year-old" Effie Truelove and her classmates at Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange who discover their magical powers trying to rescue some special books. Read full book review >
THE SEED COLLECTORS by Scarlett Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Thomas is a literary star in the United Kingdom. She should be in the United States, too."
A gnarly family drama from the acclaimed author of Our Tragic Universe (2010) and The End of Mr. Y (2006).Read full book review >
OUR TRAGIC UNIVERSE by Scarlett Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"For the omnivorous reader who, like Meg, can't get enough of the insights and passions and theories and inner lives of others, Thomas's fifth novel (The End of Mr. Y, 2006, etc.) should be an addictive delight."
Freewheeling intellectual journey with no destination. Read full book review >
THE END OF MR. Y by Scarlett Thomas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 2, 2006

"Delicious cross-genre literary picnic, breezy and fiercely intelligent, reminiscent of Haruki Murakami."
The curiosity of a young academic triggers a journey of wonder and danger. Read full book review >
SEASIDE by Scarlett Thomas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"This buoyant chick-lit mystery boasts crowds of droll characters and moves like lightning. Even traditionalists should smile."
Which beautiful twin is dead, and was it murder or suicide? Read full book review >
POPCO by Scarlett Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2005

"Thought-provoking fiction for the Digital Age."
The author of the agreeable but aimless Going Out (2004) finds a sense of direction in this ambitious novel, which quietly but scathingly critiques consumerist society. Read full book review >
GOING OUT by Scarlett Thomas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 2004

"Sharply observed and dryly funny, but it somewhat too aptly illustrates Julie's warning to Luke that real life is not like TV: 'Stuff happens and there just is no structure.'"
A highly touted Bright Young Brit profiles six aimless friends marking time in Essex. Read full book review >
IN YOUR FACE by Scarlett Thomas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Thomas strives to be clever, but her transparent clues, feeble attempts at misdirection, and whiney heroine are way off the mark. Maybe she'll put the more engaging Star and Lucy's dad front and center next time. "
Three dead women and the missing tabloid reporter who put their How-I-Was-Stalked stories in print arouse the sleuthing quasi-expertise of quasi-hip 20-something Lucy Pascale. Read full book review >
DEAD CLEVER by Scarlett Thomas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Nice for her, right? But the drab heroine and the preposterous plot she's mired in make this debut less than auspicious."
The first of a trilogy inaugurating the Kate's Mystery Books imprint features unimpressive Lily Pascale, who hightails it back to Devon when she tires of her nonsuccess in London—a boyfriend who cheats on her and auditions that never lead to parts. Her mum finds her a job teaching pop culture (i.e., detective fiction) at the local college, where her students are obsessing over the murder of 19-year-old Stephanie, whose corpse was missing its head. Especially overcome is Steph's would-be beau Jason, who utters a few cryptic words, then expires of an Ecstasy overdose behind the Blue Dolphin club, a druggie hangout owned by the brother of Dale, an old school chum of Lily's who's now putting the moves on her. Within a week, Lily, perhaps goaded into detective mode by her reading, is the last person to see devilishly handsome instructor Fenn Baker before he does a runner; has a crack at decoding Jason's dying utterance; and winds up taking Dale to the hospital after a drug mishap of his own. More snooping reveals skullduggery in the college's science department and promises made to the college dean, Professor Valentine, who attends midnight cult meetings as Freddy Future, architect of new life processes based on experiments in which that missing head plays a prominent role. Outthinking the cops, Lily connects all the criminal dots, effects a dramatic moors rescue, and receives a £20,000 reward for her efforts. Read full book review >