Book Club -
Previous Reading Recommendations
The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw Recommended by Kate Davison
Set in Malaya mainly 1941-42, with Chinese, Malay, British and Japanese protagonists, plus different cultural groups. Winner of Whitbread First Novel Award 2005.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Recommended by Kate Davison
A fictional biography of Achilles. Good for historic setting before and during Trojan War. Winner of 2012 Orange Prize.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett Recommended by Kate Davison
Shortlisted for Orange Prize. Raises moral questions about corporate involvement in healthcare, preservation of Rain Forests and their peoples, attitudes to age and childbearing.
(Kate has a paperback copy of The Harmony Silk Factory which she can make available.)
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy Recommended by Kate Davison
Published 2011 by And Other Stories. The TLS review called it 'a statement of the power of the unsaid' while The Independent commented 'Allusive, elliptical and disturbing---' I agree that it is disturbing but it's also a page turner (just 150 pages), set in the hills above Nice at a time when there were still Francs not Euros.
Pure by Andrew Miller Recommended by Fiona Thompson
A skilful parable of the French revolution involving an engineer who is ordered to exhume the ancient cemetery of Les Innocents and demolish its church.
The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan Recommended by Fiona Thompson
A detailed insight into the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
The New Republic by Lionel Shriver Recommended by Fiona Thompson
A savage satire on journalism and terrorism.
Casual Vacancy by J R Rowling Recommended by Fiona Thompson
The antipathy of the Harry Potter books.
The author Carlos Ruiz Zafon Recommended by Fiona Thompson
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke Recommended by Jo Wallace
This is a long but, I think, a wonderfully compelling book, written in the style of a 19th century novel, about 2 magicians during the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Don't be put off by the length or the subject, read it and see.
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
The Secret History by Donna Tart
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
IQ84 by Haruko Murakami