Launching Book Drum


Although Book Drum has been live for a few months, we've been a small community of enthusiastic Contributors building something brand new and very special from scratch.  Now, with an exciting new site design and over 100 immersive profiles published, we're ready to tell the world about the great things Book Drum can offer readers, authors and students.  We'll be introducing ourselves to the media over the coming weeks, but we would really appreciate your help in spreading the word.


How you can help


You've put a lot of work into building a great profile. Please join us in bringing a wider audience to it:

  • You can email friends, put links on Facebook, tweet or blog about Book Drum.

  • If you have a blog or other webpage, you might like to include our badge:

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  • If you have children at school, or are involved in education, let the English department know about the great resource Book Drum offers children studying texts like Wuthering Heights, The Bell Jar, Frankenstein, The Color Purple, Pride and Prejudice or To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • Join our Facebook page by clicking "Like" on, and invite your Facebook friends to do the same.

  • If you spot a discussion of one of our profiled books anywhere on the Web, post a link to the profile index page.  For example: you might post to a forum discussion about Oscar Wilde.

 Every connection made can lead to a hundred more, so please do spread the word as widely as you can!


Some Technicalities


Contributors who have sourced pictures from Flickr will notice a small change in the way that site now operates.  You can still download Creative Commons licensed pictures very easily, but you need to follow a slightly different process.  See our revised Adding Images guide for step-by-step instructions.

Spotify too have changed the way they operate: clicking a link no longer automatically starts a track.  It does take you to the track, but you then need to press play to start it.  It's a regressive step and we're encouraging them to reverse it.  In the meantime, do keep adding Spotify links in the usual way.  It looks like the USA should gain access to Spotify some time next year.

The new site design has led to a slight shifting of some elements within Bookmarks and Settings.  If any of the maps, videos or pictures are out of place in your profile, please contact us:


New Profiles Published


Sophie's Choice by William Styron. Profile by Lisa Armstrong and Johanna Trew.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Profile by Charles Edwards.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Profile by Emily Bullock.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. Profile by Stephen Livingston and Victoria Hooper.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Profile by Izabela Colf.

A Fork in the Road by André Brink. Profile by Marilyn Z. Tomlins.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Profile by Jenny Martin and Kat Matfield.

Men in the Sun by Ghassan Kanafani. Profile by Hager Soliman.

Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury. Profile by Mousa Jiryis.

Matilda by Roald Dahl. Profile by Erica Hopper and Ann Morgan.

Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. Profile by Nicola Smith.

Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson. Profile by Wendy Atwell.

After London by Richard Jefferies. Profile by Kevan Manwaring.

Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry. Profile by Geoffrey Mills.

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. Profile by Kim Ukura.

Perfume by Patrick Süskind. Profile by Mareena McGirr and Christopher Brocklebank.

A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks. Profile by Jens Backes.


If you particularly like one of these profiles, please give the Contributor a cheer by adding a comment to the profile index page, or posting it on our Facebook wall.