Month: September 2013

The Testament of Mary – Colm Toibin

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Mary, mother of Jesus, is in her old age and does not believe her son was the son of God. She refuses to co-operate with the gospel writers who visit her frequently. ❖ “This book could have gone a number a…

A Tale For The Time Being – Ruth Ozeki

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Nao, a 16-year-old from Tokyo writes a diary, which is discovered by a Canadian novelist, Ruth, washed up on shore some time after the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. ❖ “Who would have thought a book which covers such myriad topics –…

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The story of two brothers living in 1960s Calcutta. One becomes involved in the Naxalite movement and the other relocates to the US. ❖ “A multi-generational, epic Indian novel with politics (of both the country and family) at its heart. I loved…

We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A coming-of-age story about 10-year-old Darling’s journey out of Zimbabwe and into America. ❖ “Despite being a story of Zimbabwe’s trauma and desperation – and believe me there are some harrowing accounts in these pages – it is the cast of…

Harvest – Jim Crace

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In a remote English village economic progress disrupts the pastoral idyll though locals are more concerned about the arrival of three strangers. ❖ “Stunning prose detailing the truth about the consumption of the modern world – there is much to ponder here. I appreciated this as…

Flowers In The Attic – Virginia Andrews

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy Four children are locked in an attic for years by their mother so she may inherit her father’s wealth. ❖ “I can’t believe I put everyone through reading this book.  LADIES, I APOLOGISE. I chose it for bookclub as…