Check that you have correctly listed the publication details.
Ensure you have described how the book fits into your field of knowledge.
Check that you have not been unfair to the author. Disagreement with an
author’s argument or approach does not necessarily diminish the merit of the book.
Book reviews are thoughtful discussions about the contribution a book makes to a
particular field of knowledge.
Academic book reviews are written for
people who are knowledgeable in the
discipline and interested in your critical
evaluation of the ideas and arguments the author presents.
When reviewing a book aim to provide a sufficiently detailed ‘picture’ of the book’s main arguments and approach but also
include an analysis of its readability and its
success in achieving its stated aims.
A useful way to start is to ask yourself a number of questions. You could start with the following.
Questions to consider
Who is the author?
What else has the author written?
How is the book positioned in your field of study?
Who is the target audience?
What is the book’s structure?
What is the book’s basic approach and methodology?
What is the main point or argument?
What else has been written on this
What gap does the book attempt to fill?
How does the author substantiate claims made? Is the evidence convincing?