Month: October 2007

The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Ryder, a famous pianist, arrives in a central European city to perform a concert. However, he appears to have lost most of his memory and finds his new environment surreal and dreamlike. ⚈ “While some may say this…

2007 Bookerthon

We thoroughly enjoyed our first Bookerthon, and feel privileged to have read six of the best books of the year one after another. We are pleased to see a Kiwi amongst the contenders, as well as Ian McEwan, whom we both adore. In picking our winners,…

On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In this novella a newly married couple reflect on their pasts and as a result question their marriage while honeymooning on Chesil Beach. ⚈ “The opening line of On Chesil Beach sums it all up really: ‘They were young, educated, and both…

Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Children on war ravaged Bougainville listen to their make-do teacher read them the story of Great Expectations. But their obsession with Pip results in clashes with rebel soliders. ⚈ “A clever, enthralling, devastating book.” – Suzy ⚈ “I enjoy books set in real…

Darkmans – Nicola Barker

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The reality of English families set over two days in a small town in England, with a hovering jester haunting every page. ⚈ “This book was a bit mad but I loved it.  It was a massive commitment during a Bookerthon due to the length but…