Tag: Must Read Books

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 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”

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Nadine A 1960 novel which won the Pulitzer Prize and has been named one of the best novels of all time. The young narrator’s warmth and humour are offset by the racial and societal injustices she observes. ⚈ “To Kill… Continue Reading “To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee”

The Bone People – Keri Hulme

READ FOR BOOKCLUB Chosen by Suzy A New Zealand book which is an unusual love story, depicting a utopian unity between Maori and Western culture ⚈ “Kerewin Holmes is a reclusive painter who is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Joe… Continue Reading “The Bone People – Keri Hulme”