Man Booker Challenge 2015: The Year of the Runaways

Well we're almost at the end of the year, and I've finally managed to finish off this year's Man Booker Challenge! It's not that I've been putting this one off, it's just there was an inexplicably long waiting list for it at the library so I've only just got hold of it in order to … Continue reading Man Booker Challenge 2015: The Year of the Runaways

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Man Booker Challenge 2015: The Fishermen

So, in keeping with tradition (yes, four years totally counts as a tradition!), I failed to read all six shortlisted books before the announcement of the (very well-deserved) winner this year. However, never one to quit, I'm still going to read and review the two books I have left! The last one may be a … Continue reading Man Booker Challenge 2015: The Fishermen

Man Booker Challenge 2015: A Brief History of Seven Killings

Well, the Booker Prize winner announcement is tonight, and as I'm only halfway through my fourth book off the shortlist unfortunately I've failed my challenge (to read the lot before the winner is announced) yet again! Ah well, one year I'll manage it... As mentioned, I'm only halfway through this one but I thought I'd … Continue reading Man Booker Challenge 2015: A Brief History of Seven Killings

Man Booker Challenge 2015: Satin Island

Man Booker Challenge 2015 Book 3: Satin Island, Tom McCarthy Set in contemporary London,Satin Island is a work reflecting disjointed times.  A story about U. - a ‘corporate anthropologist’ working for an elite consultancy.  U.’s employers have set him two tasks. First, he must assist in the launching of a great, epoch-defining project which no one, least … Continue reading Man Booker Challenge 2015: Satin Island

Man Booker Challenge 2015: A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler ‘It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon…’ This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that day in July 1959. The whole family on the porch, relaxed, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so … Continue reading Man Booker Challenge 2015: A Spool of Blue Thread

Man Booker Challenge 2015: A Little Life

Another year, another Man Booker Shortlist challenge! Once again, this year I am attempting to read and review all six titles shortlisted for the Booker, before the winner is announced on 13th October. Will I manage to complete the entire shortlist before the deadline? Well, I’ve never managed it yet, but there’s always a first … Continue reading Man Booker Challenge 2015: A Little Life

LBC Dystopia – Book 13 – Uglies write-up

Date: Wednesday 28th January 2015 Venue: Crowd of Favours, Harper Street, Leeds Discussing: UGLIES by SCOTT WESTERFIELD Blurb (from Amazon): Tally lives in a world where your sixteenth birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation which erases all your flaws, transforming you from an 'Ugly' into a 'Pretty'. She is on the eve of this important event, … Continue reading LBC Dystopia – Book 13 – Uglies write-up