Category: UK author

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”

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. She refuses to co-operate with the gospel writers who visit her frequently. ❖ “This book could have gone a number a… 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, the powerful minister in the court of King Henry VIII. © “I must admit, due to my complete lack of interest in Wolf Hall, I found it impossible to… 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”

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy This classic work of Victorian literature is a coming of age novel where a young man, Pip, receives an anonymous benefactor who sponsors him in to becoming a gentleman. ❚ “I thought” – Suzy ❚ “A wonderfully complex story which… Continue Reading “Great Expectations – Charles Dickens”

Tess Of The D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Ros In this 1891 book, a poor young woman discovers she may be descended from nobility and goes in search of a better life, but through a series of fatal events discovers she is the master of her destiny.… Continue Reading “Tess Of The D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy”