2017 Man Booker Prize Winner

George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.  You may remember Saunders, known for his short story writing, for his story collection Tenth of December which was a 2013 National Book Award Finalist. 2017 Chair of judges, Lola Young, explains why they chose Saunders' novel: "The... Continue Reading →


Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson was published in 2013 and won the Costa Book Award that year.  It was shortlisted for the 2013 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and a number of other awards that year and the following.  Many readers loved the book back then and I made a note to get to... Continue Reading →

Review: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Remains of the Day published in 1989 is Kazuo Ishiguro's third novel and the 1989 Man Booker Prize winner. "A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House. In 1956, Stevens, a long-serving butler at Darlington Hall, decides... Continue Reading →


Review: Euphoria by Lily King

In February this year Euphoria by Lily King was among the NBCC finalists and it interested me enough to make my Feb TBR Chronicles as well.  I got around to reading it this month and I was happily surprised by it. Upon initially reading the book blurb I wondered how the novel would play out... Continue Reading →


Review: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See was very popular this year and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I wondered if I would enjoy a book set in WW2 since I'm not really a fan of wartime fiction but I am very glad I gave it a chance.  I haven't read... Continue Reading →


A Guide to Reading Wilbur Smith’s Series

Wilbur Smith is a best-selling author with four series of wonderful novels.  He was born in Kabwe, Zambia in 1933 and went to university in South Africa.  His novels span centuries and follow different people and families on the African continent.  He has also written a number of stand alone novels so don't miss out... Continue Reading →


Review: Philida by Andre Brink

Philida was written by South African author Andre Brink in 2012 and longlisted for the Man Booker prize. It is 1832 in South Africa, the year before slavery is abolished and the slaves are emancipated. Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. When Francois’s father orders him to... Continue Reading →


Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Golem and the Jinni is Helene Wecker's first novel which I found surprising because it is such a beautiful and well written book.  I was attracted to this book firstly because lots of people were raving about it on the web and secondly because of its lovely cover.  Sometimes you'll read the blurb of... Continue Reading →


2012 Man Booker Prize Winner

From the author that brought us the 2009 Man Booker Prize winning Wolf Hall comes the sequel to the Thomas Cromwell featured story, Bringing Up the Bodies.  This sequel, Bringing Up the Bodies, has won the 2012 prize making Hilary Mantel the 3rd author to have won the Man Booker Prize twice.  She is, however,... Continue Reading →


2009 NBCC Award Winner

The 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award goes to Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.  This historical novel claimed last year's Man Booker Prize and although I have not read it myself I believe it must be an incredible read.  In the month leading up to the NBCC award winner announcement, Critical Mass (the official NBCC... Continue Reading →


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