BR: ‘The Day of the Locust’ by Nathanael West

The Day of the Locust is a strange yet vivid tale, described by Jonathan Lethem as a 'sun-blazed Polaroid of its moment'. The protagonist, Tod Hackett, is an artist who moves to Hollywood to become a set designer. Instead of mixing with movie stars, however, he falls in with the disillusioned rejects buzzing like moths around... Continue Reading →


BR: ‘The Smell of Apples’ by Mark Behr

This is an unusual novel as, despite being aimed at adults, it is told through the eyes of a young boy, eleven-year-old Marnus, who grows up in an Afrikaans family in 1970s South Africa. At first his life appears ordinary, but as the story progresses the reader becomes aware of the hypocrisy, secrets and lies of... Continue Reading →

BR: ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan

‘Atonement’ begins on a summer’s morning in 1935, when thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis is watching her sister and their old family friend Robbie Turner arguing by the fountain in the garden of their country estate. By the evening, she has taken an action which will change all three of their lives forever. The novel follows the... Continue Reading →

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