Month: October 2017

Kafka On The Shore – Haruki Murakami

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, runs away from home to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy and search for his long-missing mother and sister. ◉ “One day in 2006 I bought this book new off the shelves in an…

2017 Bookerthon

There is a line in Ali Smith’s Autumn which sums up all the shortlisted books this year: “Passing the house with the “GO HOME” graffiti, Elisabeth sees that the words “WE ARE ALREADY HOME THANK YOU” have been painted right underneath”. Migration, immigration and…

4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The adolescent story of one boy, an American of immigrant parents, is told four times, showing how simple choices can set our lives on a new path.  ◉ “I was instantly drawn to the premise of this book, as this is something I wonder…

Elmet – Fiona Mozley

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A man, who lives in an isolated community with his son and daughter, uses bare-fist fighting as his currency.  ◉ “I was about three-quarters of the way through Elmet when I thought to myself, ‘there have only been about two things…