Category: UK author

Blue Ticket – Sophie MackIntosh

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A woman granted a blue ticket and therefore a childless life, takes matters into her own hands. ⫸ “Set in a dystopian future, all women, on the first day of their menstruation, are allocated a future at random:… Continue Reading “Blue Ticket – Sophie MackIntosh”

Summerwater – Sarah Moss

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Twelve groups of people holiday on a Scottish loch, unaware of the tragedy that is about to unfold. Chosen by Jo “Apt for a loch setting, there is dark and mysterious element at work in Summerwater. Its title is a reference… Continue Reading “Summerwater – Sarah Moss”

Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

Chosen by Becks Political satirist George Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one man’s attempt to find individuality.. ⫸ “Winston Smith is both an anti-hero and an everyday man who re-writes history for a living. He lives in Oceania in an… Continue Reading “Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell”

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”