Category: Literary fiction

The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel After five Peruvians perish in a bridge collapse, a friar attempts to determine why it was those individuals who should die. ➽ “The Bridge of San Luis Rey appealed to me for its philosophical exploration, asking, but never answering: are… Continue Reading “The Bridge of San Luis Rey – Thornton Wilder”

2018 Bookerthon

The 2018 Man Booker shortlist was a surprise, with many followers declaring it an unusual list with glaring omissions. We, too, were shocked at who wasn’t present: Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward, Warlight by Michael Ondajtee, Crudo by Olivia Lang, Normal People by… Continue Reading “2018 Bookerthon”

The Overstory – Richard Powers

READ FOR BOOKERTHON An epic story of trees, ecological activism and US logging history. ➽ “It’s no exaggeration to say that they novel has genuinely changed my life. It’s a very solid work of fiction that has given me an awareness of our environment… Continue Reading “The Overstory – Richard Powers”

I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Recommended by Sophia A coming-of-age novel written as diary entries by a 1930s teenage girl living in poverty in an English castle. ➽ “What at first appears as a simple coming-of-age story is actually a cross-genre mediation on the history of… Continue Reading “I Capture The Castle – Dodie Smith”

When I Hit You: Or A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An unnamed narrator tells a story of domestic violence and modern marriage in India through the beauty of literature.” ➽ “Named for James Joyce’s debut novel, this book examines modern Inidan marriages and brutality in a way not done… Continue Reading “When I Hit You: Or A Portrait Of The Writer As A Young Wife – Meena Kandasamy”

Salt Picnic – Patrick Evans

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS Mimicking Janet Frame’s travels, a young woman arrives on the island of Ibiza in 1956 and falls into a relationship with an American photographer. ➽ “Patrick Evans is an accomplished writer and obviously has a lot of intelligent thoughts swirling around… Continue Reading “Salt Picnic – Patrick Evans”

Baby – Annaleese Jochems

READ FOR NZ BOOK AWARDS In this debut novel, young lovers run away, stealing money to buy a boat but inciting disaster wherever they turn. ➽ “I think we are all capable of horrible acts, depending on circumstances and surely we all sometimes wonder… Continue Reading “Baby – Annaleese Jochems”

Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo An unforgettable story of love, friendship and biologically modified humans in an alternative reality where pharmaceutical companies rule. ➽ “Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake is another one of her chilling dystopian novels which kept me gripped right to the end.… Continue Reading “Oryx & Crake – Margaret Atwood”

Back Booker 2004

It’s as if there was a prerequisite for darkness and literary grim in 2004. The shortlist certainly leant itself to depths that despite their brilliance were sometimes difficult to read. Rape, incest and murder abound in Bitter Fruit, the story of a South African… Continue Reading “Back Booker 2004”

4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The adolescent story of one boy, an American of immigrant parents, is told four times, showing how simple choices can set our lives on a new path.  ◉ “I was instantly drawn to the premise of this book, as this is something I wonder… Continue Reading “4 3 2 1 – Paul Auster”