Category: Classic literature

The Member Of The Wedding – Carson McCullers

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia Troubled teen and tomboy Frankie Addams becomes obsessed with her brother’s wedding plans as she seeks to become a member of something important. ❖ “There is a kind of awkwardness to this book which makes it uncomfortable but distinctive, too.… Continue Reading “The Member Of The Wedding – Carson McCullers”

The Catcher In The Rye – J D Salinger

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy Holden Caulfield narrates the story of a couple of days in his 16-year-old life after being expelled from school. A book that has seen a continuous cult following since its 1951 publication. ❖ “This is my all-time favourite book, I never re-read… Continue Reading “The Catcher In The Rye – J D Salinger”

A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A 1961 satirical novel about marriage, adultery and deception within a group of civilised and educated people © “The characters in this book are unpleasant, their morals questionable and their actions immoral, Martin Lynch-Gibbon especially. “But that is the beauty of the novel.… Continue Reading “A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch”

Of Mice & Men – John Steinbeck

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A 1937 novella which details the life of George and Lennie, two displaced migrant ranch workers. Now required reading in many schools, it was once a frequent target of censors. © “Of Mice and Men is a tribute to literature… Continue Reading “Of Mice & Men – John Steinbeck”

The Bell – Iris Murdoch

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A lay community of mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, a home of sequestered nuns. An old bell is rediscovered, causing change in everyone. © “A former teacher establishes a sanctuary for those looking for a “refuge from… Continue Reading “The Bell – Iris Murdoch”

Under The Net – Iris Murdoch

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A 1954 book about struggling writer Jake Donaghue. Its mixture of the philosophical and picaresque makes it one of Murdoch’s most popular novels. © “I loved the ridiculousness of Jake Donaghue’s rambling life of youthful irresponsibility – as far as main… Continue Reading “Under The Net – Iris Murdoch”

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A middle-aged professor named Humbert Humbert falls in love with a 12-year-old girl and a relationship ensues. A complex, mixed-genre classic that continues to spur debate. ✔ “I was fully prepared to hate this book given its awful theme, however… Continue Reading “Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov”

In A German Pension – Katherine Mansfield

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A young woman observes the absurd and grotesque while staying in a German pension. A short story collection from the Modernist era. ✔ “Very much a book of character studies, with short stories all featuring the same protagonist, a young Englishwoman… Continue Reading “In A German Pension – Katherine Mansfield”

Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A dystopian novel set in Airstrip One, Oceania which is in a state of perpetual war and where free thought is considered a thought crime. The all-seeing Big Brother, rules with tyrannical power. ☁ “This is my second… Continue Reading “Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell”

She Came To Stay – Simone de Beauvoir

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A fictionalised account of de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre’s open relationship, in particular their affair with sisters Olga and Wanda Kosakiewicz. ☁ “This is such a decadent story where everything is available and life is for living. It is a great example of… Continue Reading “She Came To Stay – Simone de Beauvoir”