Book Drum is the perfect companion to the books we love, bringing them to life with immersive pictures, videos, maps and music.


The attention to detail in Book Drum profiles is absolutely awesome. These are real labours of love, and I'm flattered and delighted that Tipping the Velvet has been added to the list.

– Sarah Waters, author of Tipping the Velvet

 I am thoroughly impressed. This is a wonderful resource for readers.

– Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

It looks absolutely fantastic! I'm just knocked out by the beautiful layout and the wonderful archival stuff you guys dug up … my gratitude and my admiration.

– Paul Harding, author of Tinkers


Whether it’s video of the Rockettes in The Catcher in the Rye, the Italian opera tracks that accompany Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the historical context and maps of The Odyssey, stunning South American photography for In Patagonia, or video of Kabul kite fighting for The Kite Runner, we take readers beyond the page to enjoy interactive content alongside their favourite books.


You’ve represented my book very well.

– Philip Pullman, author of Northern Lights/The Golden Compass


With the next generation of e-readers in mind, we’re building the biggest library of multimedia companion content for books on the Internet.  Designed using Wiki principles, anyone can contribute to it, adding to and refining each others’ work, making Book Drum one of the liveliest online communities for booklovers worldwide. If you would like to become a Contributor and build a profile of a favourite book, register here.


I'm very pleased by this wonderful and enthusiastic response to my book.

– John Banville, author of The Sea



It's an exciting new way to review a book, and I am honored that you did it.

– Anne Rice, author of Interview with the Vampire


Book Drum’s remarkable range of interactive content is particularly valuable to students and teachers, with over twenty A-level/GCSE set texts already profiled, including Wuthering Heights, The Bell Jar, Frankenstein, Wide Sargasso Sea, and To Kill a Mockingbird.  Teachers can create new profiles as class projects, encouraging students to dig deeper into a book with Book Drum's fun, easy-to-use online interface. Find out more here.


Thanks so much for putting Mukiwa on Book Drum. It looks great.

– Peter Godwin, author of Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa


Each book Profile consists of:

Bookmarks: page-by-page commentary and illustration of the text

Setting: description and illustration of the main places or themes of the book

Glossary: foreign, invented and tricky words deciphered

Summary: objective synopsis of the book

Review: subjective analysis and evaluation of the book

Author: biographical information, interview videos, links and photos

Map: bookmarks and settings plotted on an interactive map


Great, and great idea. Thank you.

– Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist

I love what you've done for Stasiland and really appreciate all the work put into it. Quite a resource for me even! I found it very moving to revisit visually the places I wrote about.

– Anna Funder, author of Stasiland


Some tips for navigating Book Drum:


The Summary may include plot spoilers, so be careful how much you read!

You can pan or zoom all the embedded maps, or switch between regular, satellite and terrain views.

Install Spotify to enjoy all the music links.  Spotify is free, but is not available in all jurisdictions.

What do you think of the profile?  Add a comment to the index page.  You will need to register, but it's quick and free.

If you spot any errors, copyright infringement or other issues, please let us know by clicking the blue flag icon on the item concerned or by emailing the editor.

Inspired to contribute?  Why not start off by adding a review to an existing profile?  Or, if you're feeling adventurous, you can create a brand new profile. Register here


I am both impressed and grateful--in fact amazed and honoured is nearer the mark!

– Robin McKinley, author of Beauty