Category: Booker Prize

Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo An unforgettable story of love, friendship and biologically modified humans in an alternative reality where pharmaceutical companies rule. ➽ “Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake is another one of her chilling dystopian novels which kept me gripped right to the end.… Continue Reading “Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood”

Back Booker 2004

It’s as if there was a prerequisite for darkness and literary grim in 2004. The shortlist certainly leant itself to depths that despite their brilliance were sometimes difficult to read. Rape, incest and murder abound in Bitter Fruit, the story of a South African… Continue Reading “Back Booker 2004”

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… Continue Reading “2017 Bookerthon”

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… Continue Reading “4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster”

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… Continue Reading “Elmet – Fiona Mozley”

History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund

READ FOR BOOKERTHON 14-year-old outcast Madeline becomes caught up in a scandal with her neighbours across the lake. ◉ “Reading a straight-forward story was a welcome relief after the complex Lincoln in the Bardo. I enjoyed the contrasting worlds that Linda existed in and… Continue Reading “History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund”

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young lovers hear whispers about doors that can whisk people far away, albeit perilously and for a price. ◉ “If I had to pigeonhole Exit West I would call it… Continue Reading “Exit West – Mohsin Hamid”

Lincoln In The Bardo – George Saunders

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Abraham Lincoln spends a night in his son’s tomb, a place populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead. ◉ “Told through footnoted attribution derived from various texts, speeches or dialogue, Lincoln In The Bardo can be difficult… Continue Reading “Lincoln In The Bardo – George Saunders”

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A class of women, known as handmaids, are kept for reproductive purposes in a reality radically overturned by a theocratic revolution. ◉ “This read was a return to one of my all time favourite books. I wondered would it be… Continue Reading “The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood”

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… Continue Reading “The Famished Road – Ben Okri”