Category: Classic literature

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…

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…

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”…

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…

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….

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…

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….