His first book Militant Modernism was published by Zero Books in 2009. The Guardian described the book as an "intelligent and passionately argued attempt to 'excavate utopia' from the ruins of modernism" and an "exhilarating manifesto for a reborn socialist modernism". Icon described the book as "sparky, polemical and ferociously learned" although it "falters a little towards the end", whilst Jonathan Meades in New Statesman described the book as a "deflected Bildungsroman of a very clever, velvet-gloved provocateur nostalgic for yesterday’s tomorrow, for a world made before he was born, a distant, preposterously optimistic world which, even though it still exists in scattered fragments, has had its meaning erased, its possibilities defiled" and Hatherley "as a commentator on architecture...in a school of one". The journal Planning Perspectives suggested that the book "nicely explores the irony of the potential status of the remains of future-oriented architecture and urban design as ‘modern heritage'"
Hatherley has written for Building Design, The Guardian, Icon, the London Review of Books, New Humanist, the New Statesman, Socialist Review and Socialist Worker. He sits on the editorial boards of Archinect and Historical Materialism, and has maintained three blogs, Sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy, The Measures Taken and Kino Fist.
- Militant Modernism (Zero Books, 2009)
- A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Verso, 2010)
- Uncommon (Zero Books, 2011)
- A New Kind of Bleak (Verso, 2012)
- PD Smith, Militant Modernism, The Guardian, 9 May 2009
- William Wiles, Review: Militant Modernism, Icon
- Jonathan Meades, 'Yesterday's tomorrows', New Statesman, 30 April 2009
- Dan Hicks, Militant Modernism, Planning Perspectives, 25(2) (April 2010)
- Wright, Patrick (2010-10-24). "A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain: Owen Hatherley". Architecture Today. Architecture Today. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
- 3:AM interview
- An interview with Owen Hatherley by Alex Niven in the Oxonian Review, October 2010
- Sit down man, you're a bloody tragedy
- Owen Hatherley on Diffusion.org.uk – 'A History of Municipal Housing' and 'In the Shadow of Senate House'
- 'Olympian Landscape' in Guernica