Tag: Booker Prize

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 family battles ✎ The Lives of Others is a big book in every sense of the word. It has many pages, many characters and… Continue Reading “The Lives Of Others – Neel Mukherjee”

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 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 ❖ “The Testament of Mary is the story of Mary, mother of Jesus. She is elderly and being visited by ‘the… Continue Reading “The Testament of Mary – Colm Toibin”

A Tale For The Time Being – Ruth Ozeki

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A Canadian novelist finds a diary of a 16-year-old girl from Tokyo washed up on shore after the 2011 Japanese tsunami ❖ “A Tale For the Time Being is a multi-era, multi-genre, multi-themed, multi-culture, multi-plot book. In it you will find… Continue Reading “A Tale For The Time Being – Ruth Ozeki”

The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The story of two brothers living in 1960s Calcutta. One becomes an oceanographer, the other a political activist  ❖  The Lowland features two Bengali brothers Subhash and Udayan who follow different paths as they grow up in Calcutta during the 50s… Continue Reading “The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri”

We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Ten-year-old Darling escapes Zimbabwe for America ❖ This novel is a coming-of-age story about Darling, a ten year old living in Zimbabwe. She is orphaned after her mother leaves to work at the border and her father abandons the family for… Continue Reading “We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo”

Harvest – Jim Crace

READ FOR BOOKERTHON In a remote English village economic progress disrupts the pastoral idyll  ❖ Set in a rural village Harvest‘s pages open with the community harvesting their crops. They are joyous and spirited, sustained by their hard work for another season. However at the feast that… Continue Reading “Harvest – Jim Crace”

Bring Up The Bodies – Hilary Mantel

READ FOR BOOKERTHON The sequel to Wolf Hall, charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, a minister in the court of King Henry VIII. © “Bring Up The Bodies is the sequel to Wolf Hall, about the life of Thomas Cromwell who was so… Continue Reading “Bring Up The Bodies – Hilary Mantel”

The Lighthouse – Alison Moore

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A middle-aged Englishman suffers memories of childhood abandonment as he embarks on a walking holiday Futh is an Englishman leaving his wife. He stands on the deck of a Ferry about to embark on a walking holiday around Germany. One of… Continue Reading “The Lighthouse – Alison Moore”

The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A former Japanese prisoner of war becomes an apprentice gardener and tries to make sense of her life  © Supreme Court judge Teoh Yun Ling retires from her role prosecuting war criminals in Kuala Lumpur and returns to the Malaysian hilltops… Continue Reading “The Garden of Evening Mists – Tan Twan Eng”