Category: UK author

Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A story of addiction, love and hardship in a working-class Scottish family  ✚ “I knew I was in deeeep with Shuggie Bain when I put a load of washing on partway through reading it and said to myself “Ah! I dinnae put… Continue Reading “Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart”

Normal People – Sally Rooney

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie Marianne and Connell  struggle to define themselves in their on-again, off-again relationship ✚ “Normal People follows the lives and  relationship of Irish students Connell and Marianne. Born to different social classes, the two experience fluctuating power struggles and divisions.… Continue Reading “Normal People – Sally Rooney”

The Man Who Saw Everything – Deborah Levy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A man who is hit by a vehicle on Abbey Road represents the difficulty of seeing oneself and others clearly. ✚ “In the opening pages of The Man Who Saw Everything, Saul Adler, a young historian, steps onto… Continue Reading “The Man Who Saw Everything – Deborah Levy”

The Long Take – Robin Robertson

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A war veteran tries to assimilate back into every day American life post war. ➽ “I was completely consumed by The Long Take and while the storyline and themes were far from uplifting I felt captivated by the events that were occurring. “Initially… Continue Reading “The Long Take – Robin Robertson”

Everything Under – Daisy Johnston

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A reunited mother and daughter delve into their troubled past. ➽ “First things first: this book has a beautiful cover. All publishers should put in this much effort! “Everything Under is a debut novel by a 27-year-old Brit. Knowing this and… Continue Reading “Everything Under – Daisy Johnston”

The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A love affair and a crime amongst landladies and their tenants, set in post-war Britain. ➽ SPOILER ALERT “Sarah Waters wonderfully sets the scene with her detailed and easy-to-absorb descriptions of the physical and social environment. I really felt as if… Continue Reading “The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters”

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”

Autumn – Ali Smith

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A young girl forges an unlikely – but life long –friendship with her elderly neighbour in post-Brexit England. ◉ “It is hard to describe this novel. It is a study of time and of place, as well as ageing and art… Continue Reading “Autumn – Ali Smith”

How To Be Both – Ali Smith

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Written in two parts, both titled ONE, this is a book about art’s versatility, told by a renaissance painter of the 1460s and a child of the 1960s. ✎ “Written in poetry-like prose we discover the two main characters are inexplicably… Continue Reading “How To Be Both – Ali Smith”

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… Continue Reading “Howards End – E M Forster”