Month: September 2009

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Wolf Hall is a historical novel set in the period from 1500 to 1535. It is a fictionalised biography documenting the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII. ❚ “The sheer number of characters and confusingly…

The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The true story of poet John Clare’s incarceration in London’s Epping Forest, which was run on the reformist principles of occupational therapy, and his meeting of Alfred Tennyson, a man who moves nearby and became entangled in the life of the…

The Children’s Book – A S Byatt

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The Children’s Book follows the lives of several inter-related families, adults and children, from 1895 through WWI. Loosely based upon the life of children’s writer E Nesbit, there are many adventures and secrets revealed.  ❚ “This is an epic read, and there is so much…

Back Booker 2006

Before we get onto this year’s Bookerthon we’ll sneak in another Back Booker. It was quite a mixed bag this year, and we enjoyed most of the books. The one that stood out for Rachel was In The Country Of Men. It is engaging, emotive and taught the reader…