Category: UK author

The Pregnant Widow – Martin Amis

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel The setting for The Pregnant Widow is a pastoral Italian castle in a hot dry summer. Here, beautiful young people are draped around the pool, smoking cigarettes, drinking wine, discussing literature, sex and freedoms. It is 1970, the start of… Continue Reading “The Pregnant Widow – Martin Amis”

The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy Charles Arrowby retires to the seaside to write his memoirs but is constantly under visitation by ex-lovers and friends ☁ “Published in 1978, The Sea, The Sea is the story of an eventful summer late in the life… Continue Reading “The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch”

Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A fictionalised biography documenting the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII. ❚ “Wolf Hall is primarily about Thomas Cromwell who in real life was a disliked man who worked for King Henry. He orchestrated… Continue Reading “Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel”

The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The true story of poet John Clare’s incarceration in London’s Epping Forest ❚ “This book is based on the historical backdrop of a mental asylum run by Matthew Allen at High Beach in the late 1830s and 1840s, which was run… Continue Reading “The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds”

The Children’s Book – A S Byatt

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Loosely based on the life of E Nesbit, The Children’s Book follows the lives of several inter-related families from 1895 through WWI. ❚ “The Wellwood family consists of Olive, Humphrey, Olive’s sister Violet, and many children. They are Fabians, living in… Continue Reading “The Children’s Book – A S Byatt”

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A coming of age novel where a young man, Pip, has an anonymous benefactor who sponsors him in to becoming a gentleman ❚ “ Great Expectations is a story of a young man who wants more than what he… Continue Reading “Great Expectations – Charles Dickens”

The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A satirical coming-of-age story set against a background of racial and social tensions in 1970s London ❚ “The Buddha of Suburbia is a satirical coming-of-age story that deals with issues of class, race, and identity. The protagonist, Karim,… Continue Reading “The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi”

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 ❚ “Tess Durbeyfield is a complex character considered by some a hopeless victim and by… Continue Reading “Tess Of The D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy”