Category: Contemporary fiction

Elmet – Fiona Mozley

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A man, who lives in an isolated community with his son and daughter, uses bare-fist fighting as his currency.  ◉ “I was about three-quarters of the way through Elmet when I thought to myself, ‘there have only been about two things… Continue Reading “Elmet – Fiona Mozley”

Exit West – Mohsin Hamid

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young lovers hear whispers about doors that can whisk people far away, albeit perilously and for a price. ◉ “If I had to pigeonhole Exit West I would call it… Continue Reading “Exit West – Mohsin Hamid”

The Name On The Door Is Not Mine – C K Stead

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS A collection of short stories including reworked pieces and new musings. ◉ “If a reader of this book wasn’t aware prior, it would be immediately apparent that C K Stead is a literary giant. “There is an effortlessness and sophistication… Continue Reading “The Name On The Door Is Not Mine – C K Stead”

The Childhood Of Jesus – J M Coetzee

READ FOR TEN YEAR BOOKCLUB REUNION Chosen by Rachel A haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny in which a boy is separated from his mother on a boat bound for a new land. ◉ “I first read this book soon after its release when Suzy… Continue Reading “The Childhood Of Jesus – J M Coetzee”

All That Man Is – David Szalay

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Nine men, each at a different stage of life, each of them away from home, try to understand what it means to be alive. ➤ “I felt pretty wary coming into All That Man Is, a particularly male-focused read with nine separate stories about… Continue Reading “All That Man Is – David Szalay”

Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A character study of a lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s and her harrowing story of obsession. ➤ “Eileen is unexceptional, unfulfilled and unhappy. She leads a boring and monotonous life, however is one… Continue Reading “Eileen – Ottessa Moshfegh”

Hot Milk – Deborah Levy

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Sofia, a young anthropologist, spends much of her life trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s unexplainable illness. ➤ “Hot Milk has that kind of pleasantness about it that makes it neither beautiful enough to be outstanding, nor horrible enough to be outstanding.… Continue Reading “Hot Milk – Deborah Levy”

The Invisible Mile – David Conventry

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS “The story of the 1928 Ravat-Wonder team from New Zealand and Australia who were the first English-speaking team to ride to Tour de France, with memories of WWI fresh in their minds.” ➤ “The Invisible Mile was a hypnotic read;… Continue Reading “The Invisible Mile – David Conventry”

On Beauty – Zadie Smith

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Sophia Based on E M Forster’s Howards End, this book follows the lives of a mixed heritage US family, addressing ethnic and cultural issues ✎ Howard Belsey is one of the central characters in On Beauty. He is a professor,… Continue Reading “On Beauty – Zadie Smith”

J – Howard Jacobson

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A love story set in a dystopian future  Decades in the future Kevern lives in a cottage on sea cliffs near Port Reuben and makes art with wood. He meets Ailinn and falls in love. The two begin a passionate romance, and… Continue Reading “J – Howard Jacobson”