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2015 – End Of Year Thoughts

There was a lot in the literary world to be excited about this year: Harper Lee’s much awaited sequel, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in ten years, and Haruki Murakami making an appearance in New Zealand to name a few. But as the year progressed… Continue Reading “2015 – End Of Year Thoughts”

2015 Bookerthon

For Bookerthon 2015 we have ventured to beautiful Northland to complete our reading and discussion of the six eclectic books that make up this year’s shortlist. Sun, beach, wine and a stack of books – bliss! Our discussions began with the announcement from Booker… Continue Reading “2015 Bookerthon”

2015 – Unexpected Twist

Where would we be without an unexpected twist or two to add to proceedings? Let’s face it, surprise events and out-of-the-blue announcements are what make a reader’s day. Whether shocking or pleasing they grab us by the shoulders and shake us about a bit, until we… Continue Reading “2015 – Unexpected Twist”

2014 – End Of Year Thoughts

NZ’s literary world was thrown into the headlines this year with the war of words between one of our most recognised authors Eleanor Catton and Prime Minister John Key. Catton slung about superlatives announcing the Government’s lack of culture; Key said The Luminaries was “pretty… Continue Reading “2014 – End Of Year Thoughts”

J – Howard Jacobson

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A love story set in a dystopian future where a past catastrophe hangs over the characters and shrouds everyone in suspicion, denial and apology. ✎ “Murky, confusing, weird, interesting, oddly funny.  I enjoyed J but I wish I had read it without the Man Booker pressure, I would’ve… Continue Reading “J – Howard Jacobson”

The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Set in 1966 Calcutta, the Ghosh family represents the nation as it battles an imploding business and poisonous family battles. ✎ “The harrowing opening pages provide the perfect juxtaposition to the petty woes of the Ghosh family whom we are soon introduced… Continue Reading “The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee”

The Turn Of The Screw – Henry James

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A gothic ghost story from 1898 set around an old English house and the governess who comes to take care of the motherless children. ✎ “Spine-chilling and riveting from the outset. There were so many possible outcomes and I… Continue Reading “The Turn Of The Screw – Henry James”

Holy Days – Joy Cowley

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A motherless boy seeks solace in an old convent and the three nuns who reside there. ✎ “A gentle and lovely book, tinged with sadness and hard family realities.  Paired with Navigator, Joy Cowley’s memoir, Holy Days is an… Continue Reading “Holy Days – Joy Cowley”

A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hossieni

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo Written from the perspective of Afghan women trapped within their country’s strict regime, this book focuses on the friendship between Mariam and Laila who are wives of the same man. ✎ “Harrowing but addictive. You need to be ready for… Continue Reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hossieni”

2014 – The Plot Thickens

There are many variances which denote a thickening of the plot. A dense and detailed history add substance, solidifying friendships and character relationships bring emotion, and unexpected reactions to outside influences add the element of surprise. The Free Range Bookclub can tick off all… Continue Reading “2014 – The Plot Thickens”