Month: October 2016

The Famished Road – Ben Okri

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks In this 1991 Booker winner, the narrator, Azaro, is a spirit child struggling between the tensions of the living and the temptations of the carefree spirit kingdom. ➤ “Set in an unnamed city in Nigeria, this novel employs a unique…

2016 Bookerthon

In a year in which many established authors and their highly anticipated books (McEwan, Coetzee, Barnes, Tremain to name a few) didn’t make the shortlist, nor the longlist some of them, we were expecting big things from the 2016 Man Booker. We hadn’t even…

His Bloody Project – Graeme Macrae Burnett

READ FOR BOOKERTHON After Roderick Macrae admits to a triple murder in a remote Scottish community in 1869 the police and courts try to uncover his motive. ➤ “So, a crime story is shortlisted for the Man Booker. A crime story disguised as true crime no less. “Burnet purports…

Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien

READ FOR BOOKERTHON From inside an extended family in China, Do Not Say We Have Nothing examines two of the most important political moments of the past century. ➤ “This is historical fiction written authentically and beautifully, and as twee as it sounds I feel…

All That Man Is – David Szalay

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Nine men, each at a different stage of life, each of them away from home, try to understand what it means to be alive. ➤ “I felt pretty wary coming into All That Man Is, a particularly male-focused read with nine separate stories about…

Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A character study of a lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s and her harrowing story of obsession. ➤ “Eileen is unexceptional, unfulfilled and unhappy. She leads a boring and monotonous life, however is one…

Hot Milk – Deborah Levy

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Sofia, a young anthropologist, spends much of her life trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s unexplainable illness. ➤ “Hot Milk has that kind of pleasantness about it that makes it neither beautiful enough to be outstanding, nor horrible enough to be outstanding….