Month: September 2011

The Sense Of An Ending – Julian Barnes

READ FOR BOOKERTHON An English retiree must challenge his fading memory with the arrival of a lawyer’s letter revealing he is a beneficiary in an old friend’s will. ✔ “The novella is in two parts, the first being the protagonist, Tony’s, memoir of his “book-hungry, sex-hungry”…

Jamrach’s Menagerie – Carol Birch

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Eight-year-old Jaffy Brown escapes the Victorian slums and sets sail for the Indian Ocean. However, nothing could prepare him for what eventuates. ✔ “Thoughts” – Suzy ✔ “I’m sure this is based on a true story, I’m sure I’ve heard part of…

Snowdrops – A D Miller

READ FOR BOOKERTHON British lawyer Nick is seduced by the dangerous Masha while working in Moscow and ends up finding himself buried in secrets. ✔ “The snow ridden setting provides a great atmosphere for drudgery and hidden secrets, ‘snowdrop’ being Moscow slang for a corpse…

Half Blood Blues – Esi Edugyan

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In 1940s France a black cabaret singer disappears. Fifty years on, one of his bandmates, Sid, embarks on a journey to discover Hieronymous’s fate. ✔ “And I thought” – Suzy ✔ “Rather than being a shocking tale of WWII atrocities as it could…

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy Young Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map amongst a pirate’s belongings and goes in search of riches. The quintessential adventure story that first established pirates in the popular imagination. ✔ “Thoughts” – Suzy ✔ I must admit, I did…