Category: Booker Prize

The Man Who Saw Everything – Deborah Levy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A man who is hit by a vehicle on Abbey Road represents the difficulty of seeing oneself and others clearly. ✚ “In the opening pages of The Man Who Saw Everything, Saul Adler, a young historian, steps onto…

2019 Bookerthon

Wow, what a year! The books on the Booker shortlist in 2019 are gigantic, in every expression of the word. There are books of many pages, books written by literary giants, books that deal with the huge topics of today. There’s the effects on every…

Ducks, Newburyport – Lucy Ellmann

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Written in stream of consciousness style, an Ohio housewife worries about the state of the world ⚑ “the fact that Lucy Ellmann has written an absolutely remarkable novel with what will be perceived by some as an entirely unremarkable protagonist, the fact…

Girl, Woman, Other – Bernadine Evaristo

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A story of modern Britain and black womanhood told through the eyes of 12 different women ⚑ “This is a beautifully paced novel which at first I thought was a collection of separate stories. However the links and interwoven threads soon…

An Orchestra of Minorities – Chigoze Obioma

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A Nigerian chicken farmer sells everything he owns in order to win over his girlfriend’s wealthy family. ⚑ “An Orchestra of Minorities is about a Nigerian chicken farmer who falls in love with a girl from a wealthy family. The family…

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale in which the republic of Gilead is taken down. ⚑ “I haven’t anticipated a book as much as this one since Go Set a Watchman was released (side story: when I bought Go Set a…

Disgrace – J M Coetzee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo In mimicry of his South African homeland, professor David Lurie seduces one of his students and sets in motion a chain of events that leave him utterly disgraced ⚑ “I admire Coetzee hugely after reading this great story…

2018 Bookerthon

The 2018 Man Booker shortlist was a surprise, with many followers declaring it an unusual list with glaring omissions. We, too, were shocked at who wasn’t present: Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward, Warlight by Michael Ondajtee, Crudo by Olivia Lang, Normal People by…

Washington Black – Esi Edugyan

READ FOR BOOKERTHON An 11yo plantation slave becomes a personal servant to his master’s brother. ➽ “George Washington Black is the name of an 11yo plantation slave who is whisked out of his doomed life and given a fresh start as a personal servant…

The Overstory – Richard Powers

READ FOR BOOKERTHON An epic story of trees, ecological activism and US logging history. ➽ “It’s no exaggeration to say that they novel has genuinely changed my life. It’s a very solid work of fiction that has given me an awareness of our environment…