Category: Contemporary fiction

The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict, The Secret Scripture is a tale of a 100-year-old woman’s life, and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold the Catholic church had on individuals throughout much of the twentieth century. ♥ “Irish conflict usually doesn’t… Continue Reading “The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry”

The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

READ FOR BOOKERTHON This novel provides a darkly humorous perspective of India’s class struggle in a globalised world as told through a retrospective narration from Balram Halwai, a village boy. ♥ “At the centre of this book is a touching story about India’s class system… Continue Reading “The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga”

The Northern Clemency – Philip Hensher

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Beginning in 1974 and ending with Thatcher’s government in 1996, The Northern Clemency is a portrait of an era, a novel concerned with the lives of ordinary people and history on the move. ♥ “This book encapsulates an era and follows… Continue Reading “The Northern Clemency – Philip Hensher”

She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Nadine The trials and tribulations of Dolores Price from age 4 to age 40 are detailed in this 1992 book with saw wide appeal after being chosen as an Oprah’s Bookclub book. ⚈ “Dolores Price has a harrowing life. Born in… Continue Reading “She’s Come Undone – Wally Lamb”

The Accidental – Ali Smith

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A 2005 novel which relays the consequences for a middle-class family when an uninvited visitor appears in their home while on holiday. ⚈ “I was really looking forward to reading this book for bookclub as I’d read such amazing reviews.… Continue Reading “The Accidental – Ali Smith”

Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

 READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy The authors eponymous protagonist travels to the Ukraine, carrying a photograph of the woman, believed in the legends of the Safran Foer family, to have saved his granddad from the Nazis.  ⚈ “Beautiful/sad/haunting/memorable.  Discovering this author (who – ahem –… Continue Reading “Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer”

Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre

READ FOR BOOKCLUB: Chosen by Rachel A 2003 novel that explores the world’s obsession with America. This black comedy details the aftermath of a school yard shooting and is written in a contemporary vernacular. ⚈ “Startling satirical comments regarding a school yard mass murder was initially a… Continue Reading “Vernon God Little – DBC Pierre”