Month: September 2008

The Clothes On Their Backs – Linda Grant

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Vivien Kovacs is sensitive and bookish and defines herself by her clothes. She grows up sealed off from the world by her timid Hungarian refugee parents, but finds solace in the family secrets her estranged uncle reveals. ♥ “The relationship between the…

Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Set prior to the first Opium war, on the banks of the holy river Ganges, this book portrays the characters as poppy seeds emanating in large numbers from the field to form a sea, where every single seed is uncertain about its future. ♥…

A Fraction Of The Whole – Steve Toltz

READ FOR BOOKERTHON From his prison cell, Jasper Dean tells the unlikely story of his scheming father Martin, his crazy Uncle Terry and how the three of them upset – mostly unintentionally – an entire continent. ♥ “Raucously funny, A Fraction Of The Whole had me…

Back Booker 2005

 By the time the year is over we will have completed three Bookerthons! Can you tell this is our new favourite  pastime?! We chose 2005 this time as we’ve recently read two of the shortlisters, plus  we’ve heard great things about the other four. Our thoughts? As…