Month: October 2010

Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A dystopian novel set in Airstrip One which is in a state of perpetual war and where free thought is considered a thought crime. The tyranny is epitomised by the all-seeing Big Brother, the English Socialism party leader. …

2010 Bookerthon

I think it’s fair to say we weren’t blown away by all the shortlisters this year. Not to say we didn’t enjoy them, but there wasn’t that overwhelming sense of exhilaration like in years past. And what highlights we did have we quite different to one…

The Long Song – Andrea Levy

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The story of July, a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation in Jamaica and witnesses both atrocities and the moment slavery was abolished.  ☁ “I thought” – Suzy ☁ “A very moving story set in a place and time that…

Parrot And Olivier in America – Peter Carey

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Parrot, hired as a spy, accompanies Olivier, a young aristocrat, as he sails for the New World, where the unlikely pair experience adventures and troubles.  ☁ “I thought” – Suzy ☁ “Fabulous characters and good paced novel that is full of…