Tag: Booker Prize

2021 Booker

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Great Circle – Maggie Shipstead

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The story of daredevil female aviator Marian Graves and her plans to circumnavigate the globe ⫸ “Marian and Jamie Graves are rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, then raised by their uncle in Montana. After encountering a… Continue Reading “Great Circle – Maggie Shipstead”

Bewilderment – Richard Powers

READ FOR BOOKERTHON An astrobiologist helps his neuro-divergent son understand our beautiful, imperilled planet ⫸ “Theo Byrne is an astrobiologist looking for life in space while also caring for his behaviourally challenged son, Robin. Theo’s wife, an environmental activist, has died in a car… Continue Reading “Bewilderment – Richard Powers”

The Promise – Damon Galgut

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The lives and deaths of a white South African family, and a promise made to their black housekeeper ⫸ “When Rachel, a 40-year-old white South African dies in 1986, her country is transitioning out of apartheid. The subsequent decline of the… Continue Reading “The Promise – Damon Galgut”

The Fortune Men – Nadifa Mohamed

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A novelised account of the real events of the a Somali man in Cardiff prison. ⫸ “Set in 1952 in Cardiff, The Fortune Men details the real events surrounding the wrongful imprisonment of Mahmood Mattan, a Somali seaman. False witness accounts and racist… Continue Reading “The Fortune Men – Nadifa Mohamed”

A Passage North – Anuk Arudpragasam

READ FOR BOOKERTHON ⫸ “I am in NO position to be saying the things I’m about to say as, well, it’s not like I have had a book shortlisted for the Booker Prize: I really like books that have interwoven fiction and non-fiction –… Continue Reading “A Passage North – Anuk Arudpragasam”

No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A woman with new online prominence grapples with the reality of the cyber world and real life ⫸ “The internet, referred to as ‘the portal’, is given a life of itself in this novel, a place where the unnamed protagonist is… Continue Reading “No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood”

The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A murder mystery set in the Hokitika goldfields in 1866. ❖ “The Luminaries is a ghost story and murder mystery set in  Hokitika, New Zealand. It is 832 pages and won the Booker Prize. “Its protagonist Walter Moody comes across 12 men… Continue Reading “The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton”

The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A satirical novel where three British men reflect on what it means to be Jewish. ☁ “Julian Treslove is a professional lookalike, despite not looking like anyone in particular. His friend Sam Finkler is a philosopher, writer and television personality. Their… Continue Reading “The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson”

Summertime – J M Coetzee

READ FOR BOOKERTHON This fictionalised memoir details the life of John Coetzee from the perspective of five people who have known him.  ❚ “In this book, a fictional young English biographer is researching a book about the late South African writer John Coetzee. The… Continue Reading “Summertime – J M Coetzee”