Tag: Literature

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”

Blue Ticket – Sophie MackIntosh

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jo A woman granted a blue ticket and therefore a childless life, takes matters into her own hands. ⫸ “Set in a dystopian future, all women, on the first day of their menstruation, are allocated a future at random:… Continue Reading “Blue Ticket – Sophie MackIntosh”

The Blue Flower – Penelope Fitzgerald

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Jodie A fictional treatment of the early life of Friedrich von Hardenberg who, under the pseudonym Novalis, later became a practitioner of German Romanticism ⫸ “Penelope’s Fitzgerald’s last novel, written in 1997, details the early life of the German… Continue Reading “The Blue Flower – Penelope Fitzgerald”

Death In Her Hands – Otessa Moshfegh

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel An investigation of an elderly woman’s mental wanderings after finding a note referring to a murder. ⫸ “Vesta Gul is an expected Moshfegh character: a female loner with convoluted, dangerous thoughts. She is 72, living alone in the… Continue Reading “Death In Her Hands – Otessa Moshfegh”