Tag: Best Books

2007 Bookerthon

In 2007 we began our Bookerthon journey. We’d kept up to date with Man Bookers of the past and we’d shared thoughts and comments. In 2007 there were a couple of attractions to the shortlist. First of all Lloyd Jones, a New Zealander, featured… Continue Reading “2007 Bookerthon”

On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In this novella a newly married couple reflect on their pasts and as a result question their marriage while honeymooning on Chesil Beach. ⚈ “The opening line of On Chesil Beach sums up the rest of the content: ‘They were young, educated,… Continue Reading “On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan”

Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In the world of Mister Pip, reading Dickens represents salvation for a community ravaged by conflict. ⚈ “Lloyd Jones’s novel is set in a village on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville during the 1990s civil war. Jones covered it as… Continue Reading “Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones”

Darkmans – Nicola Barker

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The reality of English families set over two days in a small town in England, with a hovering jester haunting every page. ⚈ “A jester haunts this book, possessing the characters at inconvenient moments, forcing broken language out of their mouths and “ducking and… Continue Reading “Darkmans – Nicola Barker”

Animal’s People – Indra Sinha

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Animal is a man trying to live an ordinary life about being deformed in the 1984 Bhopal chemical disaster. ⚈ “In 1984 Union Carbide released 40 tonnes of lethal gas from its pesticide factory into the city of Bhopal in India, killing… Continue Reading “Animal’s People – Indra Sinha”

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Over one night, a Pakistani man tells an American stranger about his love affair with a woman and his forced abandonment of America post 911. ⚈ “Changez is a Pakistani man living in New York at the time of the terror attacks… Continue Reading “The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid”

The People’s Act Of Love – James Meek

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A renegade Czech army unit is stranded in a community of religious fanatics in a small, remote town in Siberia.  ⚈ “The People’s Act of Love is set in 1919 in Yasyk, Siberia, a small town on the… Continue Reading “The People’s Act Of Love – James Meek”

The Accidental – Ali Smith

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A 2005 novel which relays the consequences for a middle-class family when an uninvited visitor appears in their home while on holiday. ⚈ “Amber—thirtysomething and barefoot—shows up at the door of the Norfolk cottage that the Smart family is… Continue Reading “The Accidental – Ali Smith”

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel This seemingly simple story of a Japanese man whose cat runs away is anything but.  ⚈ “Wow. Just wow. “This is the kind of book I adore. One with much complexity that not only wows me as I read,… Continue Reading “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami”

Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

 READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy The author’s eponymous protagonist travels to the Ukraine, carrying a photograph of the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis.  ⚈ “Everything is Illuminated is the transformation of the author’s own attempts to trace his Jewish-Ukrainian ancestry and… Continue Reading “Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer”