Category: Classic literature

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks Amongst a backdrop of dystopian violence is a story about good and evil and the right to human freedom.  ⚑ “I was left a wee bit traumatised after reading A Clockwork Orange in 6th Form English and so was…

The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel After five Peruvians perish in a bridge collapse, a friar attempts to determine why it was those individuals who should die. ➽ “The Bridge of San Luis Rey appealed to me for its philosophical exploration, asking, but never answering: are…

I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Recommended by Sophia A coming-of-age novel written as diary entries by a 1930s teenage girl living in poverty in an English castle. ➽ “What at first appears as a simple coming-of-age story is actually a cross-genre mediation on the history of…

Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sonya The unnamed narrator writes of his experiences with Manhattan socialite Holly Golightly. A famous American Classic. ➽ “Breakfast At Tiffany’s was a fun, easy read. It had plenty of depth and character and I enjoyed dipping into post-war…

On The Road – Jack Kerouac

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks On the Road is an early example of the stream of consciousness style and chronicles Kerouac’s years traveling through North American with his friend Neal Cassidy. ➽ “I love stories about people’s travels and adventures so I was excited about reading…

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…

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

READ FOR TEN YEAR BOOKCLUB REUNION Chosen by Suzy Plath’s shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity. ◉ “I came to this novel fairly fresh, with very little prior knowledge of the author or plot. Obviously…

The Story Of A New Zealand River – Jane Mander

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Alice Roland and her children join her colonial husband to live in isolation in Pukekaroro, a settlement on a NZ river abutting a native kauri forest. ➤ “In creating The Story Of A NZ River, Jane Mander has plucked a…

The Scarecrow – Hugh Morrieson

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Neddy Poindexter worries about his pretty sister Prudence when it’s discovered there’s a killer on the loose. This NZ book is part boys’ own adventure, part small-town comedy and part horrifying thriller. ➤ “The opening line is brilliant…

Owls Do Cry – Janet Frame

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Owls Do Cry is the first novel of New Zealand’s beloved Janet Frame. Semi-autobiographical, it recounts the story of the Withers family, gently exploring mental health, poverty and loneliness. ➤ “I didn’t really enjoy large parts of this…