Month: October 2008

2008 – Bookerthon

The anticipation levels for Bookerthon 2008 has fluctuated for us both. First of all our inability to pick a winner last year has frayed our nerves, plus the couple of massive tomes shortlisted this year meant we had to read at least 60 pages per day for five…

The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict, The Secret Scripture is a tale of a 100-year-old woman’s life, and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold the Catholic church had on individuals throughout much of the twentieth century. ♥ “Irish conflict usually doesn’t…

The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

READ FOR BOOKERTHON This novel provides a darkly humorous perspective of India’s class struggle in a globalised world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy. ♥ “At the centre of this book is a touching story about India’s class system…

The Northern Clemency – Philip Hensher

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Beginning in 1974 and ending with Thatcher’s government in 1996, The Northern Clemency is a portrait of an era, a novel concerned with the lives of ordinary people and history on the move. ♥ “This book encapsulates an era and follows…