Month: September 2014

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Rosemary Cooke discovers the awful truth about her sister who was sent away aged five. A difficult book to summarise without giving away the plot! ✎ “This is not what I expected from Fowler at all, and it really is impossible to talk…

The Narrow Road To The Deep North – Richard Flanagan

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The story of Australian doctor Dorrigo Evans, forced to work on the Burma Railway while held as a POW in WWII. Based on the experiences of the author’s father. ✎ “Evocative, lovely, terrifying, disturbing.  Similar to how I felt after reading…

J – Howard Jacobson

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A love story set in a dystopian future where a past catastrophe hangs over the characters and shrouds everyone in suspicion, denial and apology. ✎ “Murky, confusing, weird, interesting, oddly funny.  I enjoyed J but I wish I had read it without the Man Booker pressure, I would’ve…

The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Set in 1966 Calcutta, the Ghosh family represents the nation as it battles an imploding business and poisonous family battles. ✎ “The harrowing opening pages provide the perfect juxtaposition to the petty woes of the Ghosh family whom we are soon introduced…