Tag: Literature

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”

The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid

READ FOR BOOKERTHON Over one night, a Pakistani man tells an American stranger about his love affair with a woman and his forced abandonment of America post 911. ⚈ “Changez is a Pakistani man living in New York at the time of the terror attacks… Continue Reading “The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid”

The People’s Act Of Love – James Meek

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A renegade Czech army unit is stranded in a community of religious fanatics in a small, remote town in Siberia.  ⚈ “The People’s Act of Love is set in 1919 in Yasyk, Siberia, a small town on the… Continue Reading “The People’s Act Of Love – James Meek”

The Accidental – Ali Smith

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A 2005 novel which relays the consequences for a middle-class family when an uninvited visitor appears in their home while on holiday. ⚈ “Amber—thirtysomething and barefoot—shows up at the door of the Norfolk cottage that the Smart family is… Continue Reading “The Accidental – Ali Smith”

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel This seemingly simple story of a Japanese man whose cat runs away is anything but.  ⚈ “Wow. Just wow. “This is the kind of book I adore. One with much complexity that not only wows me as I read,… Continue Reading “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami”

Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

 READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy The author’s eponymous protagonist travels to the Ukraine, carrying a photograph of the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis.  ⚈ “Everything is Illuminated is the transformation of the author’s own attempts to trace his Jewish-Ukrainian ancestry and… Continue Reading “Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer”

The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Rachel A novel within a novel within a novel. Set in a fictional Canadian town it recalls the life events of an ageing lady. It won the Booker Prize in 2000. ⚈ “The Blind Assassin opens with the following… Continue Reading “The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood”