He is the author of Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer, published in 2004 by Simon & Schuster. The book is an analysis of the Hollywood blockbuster phenomenon driven chiefly by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas in the 1970s, based on interviews with these and other filmmakers. Shone's first novel, In the Rooms was published in the U.K. by Hutchinson on July 2, 2009 and in the U.S. by St Martin's Press in 2011. He also wrote the books Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective and Woody Allen: A retrospective, published in 2014 and 2015.
Shone collaborated with Christopher Nolan for an in-depth look at the filmmaker's work, called The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan (2020). Library Journal wrote in their review that "this is the definitive word on Nolan and a must for film buffs." Neal Gabler called the book "intelligent, illuminating, rigorous, and highly readable. The very model of what a filmmaking study should be. Essential reading for anyone who cares about Nolan or about film for that matter."
- Tom Shone [@Tom_Shone] (22 May 2013). "As of 12pm May 22 I have abjured all allegiance to foreign potentates and princes" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- Nayman, Adam (2005). "Blockbuster: How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Summer". Film Comment. 41 (1): 77.
- Gravel, Jean-Philippe (2015). "Panorama de carrière". Ciné-Bulles. 33 (2): 56.
- Thompson, Symeon (2016). "Imagining the world". Quadrant. 60 (4): 82–85.
- "The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan". penguinrandomhouse.com. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
- "The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries, and Marvels of Christopher Nolan". Library Journal. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
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