Category: UK author

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. ✎ How to Be Both is written in two halves, using both a… 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”

The Testament of Mary – Colm Toibin

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Mary, mother of Jesus, is in her old age and does not believe her son was the son of God ❖ “The Testament of Mary is the story of Mary, mother of Jesus. She is elderly and being visited by ‘the… Continue Reading “The Testament of Mary – Colm Toibin”

A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A 1961 satirical novel about marriage, adultery and deception within a group of civilised and educated people © “The characters in this book are unpleasant, their morals questionable and their actions immoral, Martin Lynch-Gibbon especially. “But that is the beauty of the novel.… Continue Reading “A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch”

Bring Up The Bodies – Hilary Mantel

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The sequel to Wolf Hall, charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, a minister in the court of King Henry VIII. © “Bring Up The Bodies is the sequel to Wolf Hall, about the life of Thomas Cromwell who was so… Continue Reading “Bring Up The Bodies – Hilary Mantel”

The Bell – Iris Murdoch

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A lay community of mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, a home of sequestered nuns. An old bell is rediscovered, causing change in everyone. © “A former teacher establishes a sanctuary for those looking for a “refuge from… Continue Reading “The Bell – Iris Murdoch”

Under The Net – Iris Murdoch

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A 1954 book about struggling writer Jake Donaghue. Its mixture of the philosophical and picaresque makes it one of Murdoch’s most popular novels. © “I loved the ridiculousness of Jake Donaghue’s rambling life of youthful irresponsibility – as far as main… Continue Reading “Under The Net – Iris Murdoch”