Dr James Holden: Publications

Discover the full range of my published works, starting with my academic books – my critical reflection on Marcel Proust’s novels and the experimental book I co-authored on science fiction. Delve deeper into my writings with my complete list of publications, including my academic essays on literature, music and philosophy, online articles, pieces of memoir, reviews and poetry. Where possible, you’ll find links to the original texts so you can read them yourself for free. You can also access my blogs for the major UK online retailer, Zatu Games. Again, links to the relevant pages can be found here.

Did you know that I’ve edited academic texts? Find details of my editorial work below. You can also learn more about my contributions to art projects, cultural marketing websites and critical-creative blogs.


James Holden Proust Book

In Search of Vinteuil: Music, Literature and a Self Regained

I position myself as autobiographer, literary critic and pianist in this boundary-pushing homage to Marcel Proust's long novel A la recherche du temps perdu.

Conceptual Breakthrough

Conceptual Breakthrough: Two Experiments in SF Criticism

This book breaks through the prescribed notions surrounding the criticism of genre fiction. It presents experimental essays on SF that are as startling as SF itself. [I co-authored this book with Dr Simon King]

James Holden: Freelance Copywriter

Complete publications list

  • 'Review of Les couleurs primaires by Melissa Verreault' on Everybody's Reviewing (2021).
  • 'Review of Paris Bride:  A Modernist Life by John Schad', on Everybody's Reviewing (2020).
  • 'Practising Privately in Public: thoughts on streaming my piano practice' on The Cross-Eyed Pianist (2020).
  • ‘Introduction’ in Alison Tyldesley, Glancing Light (Cupola Gallery, 2018).
  • ‘Obermann on Obermann: Senancour’s Character on Liszt’s Music’ in The Liszt Society Journal Vol. 41 (2016).
  • ‘P is for … Piano’ on The Cross-Eyed Pianist (2016).
  • ‘The Graze’ in Kate Garrett (ed.), This Body I Live In (Pankhearst, 2015).
  • ‘Mancunian Sunrise, Roman Sunset’ in Kate Garrett (ed.), Wherever You Roam (Pankhearst, 2015).
  • ‘Apollo and Daphne Transformed III' on Three Drops From a Cauldron (2015).
  • 'Apollo and Daphne Transformed II' on Three Drops From a Cauldron (2015).
  • 'Apollo and Daphne Transformed I' on Three Drops From a Cauldron (2015).
  • ‘On Nostalgia: The Music of Christmas Past and Present’ on Litro (2014).
  • 'Tones Heard in a Tuning' on The Cross-Eyed Pianist (2014).
  • 'Speed Run' in Now Then, Issue 80 (online edition), (2014).
  • 'A Slacker's Kiss' in Kate Garrett (ed.), No Love Lost (Pankhearst, 2014).
  • ‘Music Notes – Stephen Hough plays Liszt’s ‘Bénédiction…’ on The Cross-Eyed Pianist (2014).
  • 'Open and Shut' in Now Then, Issue 75 (2014).
  • 'Not Practising but Playing' on The Cross-Eyed Pianist (2014).
  • ‘The Fading Photograph’ in Mellissa Flowerdew-Clarke and Alex Plasatis (eds.), Hearing Voices 3 (CCC Press, 2011).
  • ‘A Year of Pilgrimage’, on The Journal Of Music (2011).
  • ‘Review of Das Rheingold’, on The Leed Guide (2011).
  • In Search of Vinteuil: Music, Literature and a Self Regained (Sussex Academic Press, 2010).
  • ‘The Nineties – Now!’, on The Leeds Guide (2010).
  • ‘“Light is letting-through”: reading M. John Harrison’s Light and Heidegger’s The Essence of Truth’ in Writing Technologies, vol. 2.2 (2009), 70-84.
  • ‘Introduction: Heidegger’s Questions’ in Writing Technologies, vol. 2.2 (2009), 1-8.
  • ‘“The Menace of War”: Einstein, Freud and SF’ in Vector, 258 (2008).
  • Conceptual Breakthrough: Two Experiments in SF Criticism, co-authored with Dr. SImon King (InkerMen Press, 2007).
  • ‘“Time to Die”: Images of Death in Blade Runner’ in Matrix, 185 (2007).
  • ‘“The Other Side of Silence”: An Interview With Adam Roberts’, co-authored with Gemma Twitchen, in Jenni Ramone and Gemma Twitchen (eds.), Boundaries (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007).
  • ‘Jacques Derrida, Biographical Note’ in Michael Payne and John Schad (eds.), life.after.theory (Continuum, 2003).


I have been a blogger for the UK's leading boardgame retail website Zatu Games since 2020. I write a monthly Nintendo news blog for them. You can access this here. Additionally, I write videogame reviews (which you can find here) and articles and reviews on tabletop gaming, which you can find here

James Holden Published Books


  • Hoard. In 2014 I was the writer-in-residence for this Leeds-based art-project.
  • DigYorkshire. Between 2012-2013 I wrote over 25 online reviews for this Cultural Marketing website.
  • The Literary Critical Detective. I am the author of this blog on detective fiction, which is written entirely in character.

Editorial Work

  • I guest edited a special issue of the online, peer-reviewed journal Writing Technologies on the work of Martin Heidegger: Writing Technologies, 2.2 (2009).


  • I transcribed a roundtable discussion featuring Professor Jacques Derrida, Professor Nicholas Royle, Professor Christopher Norris and Dr Sarah Wood for Michael Payne and John Schad (eds.), life.after.theory (Continuum, 2003).