John Gardner

John Gardner was a British author best known for his work in continuing the James Bond series of spy novels after the death of the original author, Ian Fleming. Gardner wrote 14 Bond books, as well as a number of other fiction and non-fiction works. His writing career spanned several decades, and he was also recognized for his series of books featuring the character Boysie Oakes.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. Grendel

    "Grendel" is a thought-provoking novel that retells the epic Beowulf from the perspective of the monster, Grendel. The book explores themes of existentialism, morality, and the nature of humanity as Grendel navigates his lonely existence and interacts with various characters, including the heroic Beowulf. Through his introspective musings, Grendel challenges traditional notions of good and evil, ultimately questioning the purpose and meaning of life.

  2. 2. October Light

    "October Light" is a story set in Vermont, revolving around an elderly brother and sister, James and Sally, who have lived together for decades but have a strained relationship due to their differing views. When James locks Sally in her room after an argument, she finds a novel within a novel, which becomes her only escape. The book explores themes of aging, isolation, and the clash of old and new values, all the while providing a commentary on the changing American society of the 1970s.