Category: Booker Prize

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… Continue Reading “An Orchestra of Minorities – Chigoze Obioma”

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… Continue Reading “The Testaments – Margaret Atwood”

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… Continue Reading “Disgrace – J M Coetzee”

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… Continue Reading “2018 Bookerthon”

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… Continue Reading “Washington Black – Esi Edugyan”

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… Continue Reading “The Overstory – Richard Powers”

The Long Take – Robin Robertson

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A war veteran tries to assimilate back into every day American life post war. ➽ “I was completely consumed by The Long Take and while the storyline and themes were far from uplifting I felt captivated by the events that were occurring. “Initially… Continue Reading “The Long Take – Robin Robertson”

The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A study on institutional living, via prison inmate Romy Hall who is serving two life sentences. ➽ “There has been a LOT of hype about The Mars Room so I went in with high expectations. Having just binge-watched the latest series… Continue Reading “The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner”

Everything Under – Daisy Johnston

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A reunited mother and daughter delve into their troubled past. ➽ “First things first: this book has a beautiful cover. All publishers should put in this much effort! “Everything Under is a debut novel by a 27-year-old Brit. Knowing this and… Continue Reading “Everything Under – Daisy Johnston”

Milkman – Anna Burns

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A young woman is pursued by a renouncer terrorist in 1970s Northern Ireland. ➽ “The unnamed narrator in Milkman is the glue that holds the book together. She is the apolitical in a political novel, the every day logic amongst the… Continue Reading “Milkman – Anna Burns”