Here are the books our members have received so far...
The Great Soul of Siberia by Sooyong Park
This is a remarkable account of one man's obsession; a factual narrative that reads like poetry.
Following the story of three generations of Siberian tiger, Park invites you beautiful into the landscape over which they rule, offering precious details into their lives and behaviours, and comes closer to them than anyone before. This is nature writing at its very best.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Playful in style and experimental in form.
Told primarily by three squabbling spirits, this is a novel where style is in contrast to subject. Grounded in historical truth, George Saunders' novel is a riotous account of what it means to mourn our loved ones and, indeed, carry on without them.
Lincoln in the Bardo was subsequently announced as the winner of the Man Booker prize 2017
A Simple Story by Leila Guerriero
For the Malambo dancers of Argentina, being crowned the champion of the national competition in Laborde is the ultimate goal. But winning, also means never dancing again...
Whilst Guerriero draws on her personal experience and real life events, it is the voices of the Malambo dancers, humble yet proud, that stay with the reader at the end of this energetic and captivating book.
Thérèse and Isabelle by Violette Leduc
A painfully honest account of lust and love from Simone de Beauvoir's protégé.
Rarely included in the long litany of influential 20th Century French writers, Violette Leduc was a pioneer of sexually explicit literature and feminist thought. This moving tale of an illicit young couple reminds us all of both the magic and terrors of falling in love.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Politically poignant, poetic fiction.
As their country falls into the grips of civil war, two young lovers are forced to begin a search for a place to call home. Seemingly pre-empting real movements in the macro-political landscape, Hamid simplifies the mechanics of migration to focus acutely on the emotions of exile. This is an intimate human story that refuses to be put down.
Exit West has subsequently been longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize.
The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
Quite simply, a riveting read.
Michael Finkel recounts the fascinating story of Christopher Knight (or the Maine hermit), who spent 27 years living in the wild forests of New England. The book covers Knight's incredible instinct for survival, his peculiar relationship with Finkel, and a host of philosophical perspectives on what it means to live a life in solitude.
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak
For a more light-hearted read.
B.J. Novak is better known as an established actor and producer on The Office (U.S.), Saving Mr. Banks and The Founder, but we believe he's only at the dawn of a long and successful writing career. These stories are funny, thought provoking, often silly and non-sensical, and perfect for reading in short bursts.
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon
For its sense of youthful vitality and linguistic rawness.
We chose The Mysteries of Pittsburgh for its fast-paced rhythm that places you right at the centre of the action. This vitality and energy is also coupled with moments of quiet tenderness, heightening the work's emotional richness.
The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
For the way it captures history in the smallest of details.
Originally from Bosnia, Hemon published his first short story in English only three years after moving to the United States. The Lazarus Project both showcases his linguistic mastery and poignantly explores the themes of nostalgia, displacement and temporality.
Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink
For its brevity of story-telling, but long-lasting effect.
Considering he is a debutant, Wink masterfully uses seemingly simple imagery in developing complex associations. This collection of short stories is transporting and resonant; layered story-telling at its best, with an uncanny ability to lay life bare.
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
For its intertwining storylines, and achingly beautiful narrative.
The History of Love is structured as a book within a book, forming an intriguing multi-layered exploration of the characters' reality. We especially love the manuscript excerpts, that grab you by the heart and squeeze it into life.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
For its honest and brave exploration of life and death.
We chose When Breath Becomes Air as it is both painful and joyful, melancholy and inspiring, profound and light-hearted. This book reveals the awesome lengths of human endurance and beautifully captures the universal struggle to live a meaningful life.
Siddartha by Herman Hesse
For its sense of adventure and thoughtful prose.
We feel Siddartha is a book that everyone can relate to. Its powerful symbolism and engaging storyline allows you to enter into Siddartha's world, and travel with him on his meandering exploration of the soul.
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
For its subtly interlocking stories and rich narrative.
The Tsar of Love and Techno is a beautifully written collection of short stories we felt was perfect for our first ever book. As you turn the pages, you enter a world of fascinating characters and compelling stories, that leave you feeling satisfied but wanting more.