Tag: Books

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Nadine Middlesex is a Pulitzer Prize winning novel which chronicles the impact of an intersex gene on three generations of a Greek family. ♥ “Protagonist Calliope (Cal) Stephanides undertakes a rebirth as he comes to terms with his family’s history… Continue Reading “Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides”

The Metamorphosis & Other Stories – Franz Kafka

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Gregor Samsa awakens one morning to discover he has turned into a giant insect, in this 1915 novella. An establishing story in the existentialism genre. ⚈ “Gregor Samsa one day wakes to find he has turned into a dung… Continue Reading “The Metamorphosis & Other Stories – Franz Kafka”

Atonement – Ian McEwan

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A girl’s half-innocent mistake ruins the lives of those around her, and she spends the rest of her life attempting to atone.  ⚈ “Briony Tallis, a 13-year-old from an upper class family spies an intimate moment between her sister and… Continue Reading “Atonement – Ian McEwan”

The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel Ryder, a famous pianist, arrives in a European city to perform a concert. However, he appears to have lost most of his memory and finds his new environment surreal and dreamlike. ⚈ “Ryder is an accomplished artist, renowned… Continue Reading “The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro”

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 Gathering – Anne Enright

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Irish woman Veronica takes a closer look at her family’s troubled history while at the funeral of her brother. ⚈ “Liam Hegarty has drowned himself a river. He wears high vis to ensure his body is easy to spot. He is one… Continue Reading “The Gathering – Anne Enright”