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 2014: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler As a child, Rosemary never stopped talking, so why, now she's a young woman at college, doesn't she talk very much at all? She used to have a sister, Fern, the same age as her, and an older brother, Lowell. She loved both fiercely but … Continue reading Man Booker Challenge 2014: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Man Booker challenge 2014: J, by Howard Jacobson

Hello, woodsiegirl here! Once again (for I think the third year in a row?), I am attempting my annual challenge of reading the Booker Prize shortlist before the winner is announced. I have yet to manage reading all six before the announcement deadline, so here's hoping I manage a better job of it this year! … Continue reading Man Booker challenge 2014: J, by Howard Jacobson