Tom Holt

Tom Holt is a British novelist, born in London in 1961. After studying at Oxford University he qualified as a solicitor, giving this up to become a full time writer in 1995.

Holt writes both humorous fantasy, parodying themes from mythology, history and literature, and historical novels under the name Thomas Holt.

Tom Holt books reviewed


Humorous fantasy

  • Expecting Someone Taller (1987)
  • Who's Afraid of Beowulf? (1988)
  • Flying Dutch (1991)
  • Ye Gods! (1992)
  • Overtime (1993)
  • Here Comes the Sun (1993)
  • Grailblazers (1994)
  • Faust Among Equals (1994)
  • Odds & Gods (1995)
  • Djinn Rummy (1995)
  • My Hero (1996)
  • Paint Your Dragon (1996)
  • Open Sesame (1997)
  • Wish You Were Here (1998)
  • Only Human (1999)
  • Snow White and the Seven Samurai (1999)
  • Valhalla (2000)
  • Nothing But Blue Skies (2001)
  • Falling Sideways (2002)
  • Little People (2002)
  • The Portable Door (2003)
    Starting a new job is always stressful (especially when you don't particularly want one), but when Paul Carpenter arrives at the office of J. W. Wells he has no idea what trouble lies in store. Because he is about to discover that the apparently respectable establishment now paying his salary is in fact a front for a deeply sinister organisation that has a mighty peculiar agenda. It seems that half the time his bosses are away with the fairies. But they're not, of course. They're away with the goblins.
  • In Your Dreams (2004)
  • Earth, Air, Fire, and Custard (2005)
  • You Don't Have to Be Evil to Work Here, But It Helps (2006)
  • The Better Mousetrap (2008)
  • May Contain Traces of Magic (2009)
    There are all kinds of products. The good ones. The bad ones. The ones that stay in the garage mouldering for years until your garden gnome makes a home out of them. Most are harmless if handled properly, even if they do contain traces of peanuts. But some are not. Not the ones that contain traces of magic. Chris Popham wasn't paying enough attention when he talked to his SatNav. Sure, she gave him directions, never backtalked him, and always led him to his next spot on the map with perfect accuracy. She was the best thing in his life. So was it really his fault that he didn't start paying attention when she talked to him? In his defence, that was her job. But when 'Take the next right' turned into 'Excuse me,' that was when the real trouble started. Because sometimes a SatNav isn't a SatNav. Sometimes it's an imprisoned soul trapped inside a metal box that will do anything it can to get free. And some products you just can't return.
  • Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sausages (2011)
  • Barking (2007)
  • Blonde Bombshell (2010)
    The third planet out from the star was blue, with green splodges. Dirt. Oh, the bomb thought. And then its courage, determination and nobility-of-spirit subroutines cut in, overriding everything else, adrenalizing its command functions and bypassing its cyberphrenetic nodes. Here goes, said the bomb to itself. Calibrate navigational pod. Engage primary thrusters. Ready auxiliary drive. It knew, in that moment, that its own doom was near; because it was giving itself orders, and it wasn’t putting in any ‘the’s. That was what you did, apparently, when the moment came. You could also turn on a flashing red beacon and a siren, but mercifully these were optional. Oh #/$+! thought the bomb, and surged on towards Dirt like an avenging angel.
  • Doughnut (2013)
  • When It's A Jar (2013)


  • The Walled Orchard (1997)
  • Alexander At The World's End (1999)
  • Olympiad (2000)
  • Song for Nero (2003)
  • Meadowland (2005)
    Four hundred and fifty years before Columbus, America had already been abandoned by European settlers...