Tag: Books

The Vintner’s Luck – Elizabeth Knox

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Nadine The unorthodox story of a French winemaker and his homosexual love affair with an angel.  ❚ “One summer night in 1808, Sobran Jodeau sets out to drown his love sorrows in his family’s vineyard when he stumbles upon an angel. Once… Continue Reading “The Vintner’s Luck – Elizabeth Knox”

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”

The Plague – Albert Camus

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel The story of an Algerian city swept by a plague. It raises questions relating to destiny and human psychology. ♥ “A gripping tale of survival and resilience, and of the ways in which humankind confronts death, The Plague… Continue Reading “The Plague – Albert Camus”

And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy Considered Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, this whodunnit is set on an island where the invitees of a party must work out who is killing off the guests. ♥ “An interesting assortment of strangers are summoned as weekend guests to… Continue Reading “And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie”

2008 – Bookerthon

The anticipation levels for Bookerthon 2008 has fluctuated for us both. Our love of Bookerthon has increased due to our Back Bookers but our inability to pick the winner last year has frayed our nerves. Plus, the couple of massive tomes shortlisted this year… Continue Reading “2008 – Bookerthon”

The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Nearing her 100th birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she’s spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure. ♥ “Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict, The Secret Scripture is… Continue Reading “The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry”

The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Balram Halwai is a servant, a philosopher, an entrepreneur, a murderer. Over seven nights he explains how he became a success in life, having nothing but his own wits to help him along. ♥ “Born in the dark heart of India,… Continue Reading “The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga”

The Clothes On Their Backs – Linda Grant

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Vivien Kovacs is on a search to reveal the truth to the secrets kept from her by her timid Hungarian refugee parents ♥ “Two Jewish brothers are at the heart of this novel. One escapes Hungary prior to the war, marries… Continue Reading “The Clothes On Their Backs – Linda Grant”

Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh

READ FOR BOOKERTHON A sailing ship full of emigrants, prisoners, labourers and enchanting personalities departs India in 1838. ♥ “Set in 1838, at a time of colonial upheaveal and shortly before the outbreak of the Opium Wars in China, Sea Of Poppies tells the… Continue Reading “Sea of Poppies – Amitav Ghosh”