Category: Classic literature

Rules of Civility – Amor Towles

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Katey Kontent tells the story of when, in 1937, she and friend Eve met Tinker Grey in a New York jazz bar ✚ “It may have been written in 2011 but Rules of Civility has all the atmosphere… Continue Reading “Rules of Civility – Amor Towles”

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… Continue Reading “A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess”

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… Continue Reading “The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder”

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… Continue Reading “I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith”

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… Continue Reading “Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote”

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… Continue Reading “On The Road – Jack Kerouac”

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 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… Continue Reading “The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath”

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… Continue Reading “The Story Of A New Zealand River – Jane Mander”

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… Continue Reading “The Scarecrow – Hugh Morrieson”