The Sellout by Paul Beatty

This is a fire-cracker of a book. The absolutely savage satire starts right from page 1 and it continues to rampage throughout the novel … and it is briliant. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read such a brutal critique of, well, anything! The only thing I can think of that comes remotely close is Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal which is almost a match for … Continue reading  The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

I liked this book but I almost didn’t make it to the end. It is about Dorrigo Evans, a Tasmanian doctor who survives his experience as a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp during the second world war. The novel recounts the struggle and the horror of the camps and how the prisoners were forced to work building the Burmese railway. The human suffering described in this … Continue reading The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I really wanted to like this book. My dissertation tutor – who is an awesome woman – mentioned that she liked it and so I thought it must be good. Unfortunately I don’t share the same opinion. Wolf Hall is set in England during the reign of Henry VIII. Queen Katherine is being forced from the throne to be replaced by Anne Boleyn and the English … Continue reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel