Category: Classic literature

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”

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… Continue Reading “Owls Do Cry – Janet Frame”

The Age Of Innocence – Edith Wharton

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo An upper-class couple’s marriage is threatened by the arrival of the bride’s cousin. The Age Of Innocence won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921 making Edith Wharton the first woman to receive the prize. ❍ “The Age Of Innocence… Continue Reading “The Age Of Innocence – Edith Wharton”

The Train – Georges Simenon

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Becks On May 10, 1940, as Nazi tanks approach, Marcel Feron abandons his home and, separated from his wife, joins a freight car of refugees hurtling southward ahead of the pursuing invaders. ❍”Marcel, a timid, happy man must abandon his home… Continue Reading “The Train – Georges Simenon”

Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Through the eyes of a visitor the reader observes Ethan Frome falling in love with wife’s niece while stuck on a desolate farm in a harsh New England winter. ❍ “Thwarted dreams, transformation and confinement are some of the themes that… Continue Reading “Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton”

The Picture Of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An 1891 philosophical novel where the portrait of Dorian Gray ages instead of the man himself. ❍ “Talk about the book with a thousand morals – this is it. With impressive characterisation in a minimum of words, Wilde had produced… Continue Reading “The Picture Of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde”

The Turn Of The Screw – Henry James

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A gothic ghost story from 1898 set around an old English house and the governess who comes to take care of the motherless children. ✎ “Spine-chilling and riveting from the outset. There were so many possible outcomes and I… Continue Reading “The Turn Of The Screw – Henry James”

Howards End – E M Forster

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia The disregard of a dying woman’s bequest, an impulsive girl’s attempt to help an impoverished clerk, and the marriage between an idealist and a materialist all intersect at an estate called Howards End. ✎ “Love E M Forster… Continue Reading “Howards End – E M Forster”

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A 1960 novel in which 6-year-old Scout observes her lawyer father’s defence of a black man accused of raping a white woman. It won the Pulitzer Prize and has been named one of the best novels of all time. ❖ “I thought”… Continue Reading “To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee”

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A satirical war story following Captain John Yossarian and his men, which first coined the phrase Catch-22. Often referred to as one of the greatest literary works of the 20th century. ❖ “This is one of those hilarious but… Continue Reading “Catch-22 – Joseph Heller”