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#1 Wineandchocolate

Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:27 AM

My book club has decided that we will have a theme for our books next year, and it is to be 'award-winning' books (e.g. Pulitzers, etc).

Can someone suggest something for me?  It should be a fiction book, not too long (e.g. under 350 pages), and obviously award-winning (not Hugo please, not a fan of sci-fi or fantasy!).

As a guide, I like books by Jodi Picoult, Bryce Courtney, Kim Edwards, etc.

Thanks for any suggestions :-)

#2 TwoTs

Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:01 AM

QUOTE (Mummy2907 @ 13/11/2012, 10:27 AM)
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My book club has decided that we will have a theme for our books next year, and it is to be 'award-winning' books (e.g. Pulitzers, etc).

Can someone suggest something for me?  It should be a fiction book, not too long (e.g. under 350 pages), and obviously award-winning (not Hugo please, not a fan of sci-fi or fantasy!).

As a guide, I like books by Jodi Picoult, Bryce Courtney, Kim Edwards, etc.

Thanks for any suggestions :-)


#3 TwoTs

Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:04 AM

Sorry about the above, anything by Geraldine brooks is fantastic, "march" she won a Pulitzer prize," year of wonders" and "people of the book " are two of my favorites of all time they are fantastic

#4 noi'mnot

Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:04 AM

I just finished Wolf Hall (Man Booker winner) by Hilary Mantel which was fantastic, but I think a bit over 650 pages. It is in parts, though, so you could read it in sections? It was great!

I'm now reading the sequel, Bring Up The Bodies, it's a lot shorter, and I'm loving that too.

#5 Academic

Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:11 AM

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga are both brilliant books that have won Man Bookers.

#6 SeaPrincess

Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:33 AM

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, won the Pulitzer in 1961.
Absolutely one of my favourite books and I was astounded that people in my book club hadn't read it!

Edited by shmach, 14 November 2012 - 12:34 AM.


#7 Kwyjibo

Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:39 AM

I recently read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon.

Fits your criteria (226 pages, 3 awards) and a really fascinating read to boot.

#8 FiveAus

Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:31 AM

I would second To Kill a Mockingbird. It will grab you from the first page and you won't be able to put it down.

Another one (and one which I consider to be an Aussie "Mockingbird") is Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. It's won a swag of awards and it's one of my favourite books ever.

#9 Wineandchocolate

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:34 AM

Thanks for the suggestions.  We've already done 'The Slap', 'The Blind Assassin' and 'The Curious Incident of the the Dog..'

'To Kill A Mockingbird' is also my all-time favourite book, but most of my book group members did this as a high-school book and aren't too keen on those.  (I once suggested 'Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant' and was shot down in flames for the same reason - LOL!)

Will look into some of the other titles, feel free to offer more suggestions, thanks original.gif

#10 Harmonica

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:46 AM

Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese (may be longer than you want)
People of the book - Geraldine Brooks

Edited by Riley'smum, 14 November 2012 - 06:49 AM.


#11 FiveAus

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:56 AM

Room by Emma Donoghue. It was short listed for the Man Booker prize.
It's won a swag of awards too.

Edited by FiveAus, 14 November 2012 - 06:59 AM.


#12 More cheese Gromit

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:07 AM

The Colour Purple by Alice Walker


#13 ~spirited~

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:13 AM

I agree with a PP's suggestion of Jasper Jones.

#14 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:17 PM

Before I go to Sleep by SJ Watson. Won about 5 awards I think.

#15 Missmousie

Posted 17 November 2012 - 11:34 PM

The Secret River by Kate Grenville. Won the nsw premier's award. It's about the convict experience/early Sydney, and j really recommend it. The sequel, Sarah Thornhill, has been nominated for the same award this year. I started eachof them and finished them the next day. They are both easy to read and very engaging, as well as having a number of interesting book club discussion themes.

#16 Leggy

Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:39 PM

I loved The Secret River and Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies as well. Others I'd heartily recommend:

To The Ends Of The Earth by William Golding - an English aristocrat's voyage to take up a government position in Australia (also a BBC miniseries starring the divine Benedict Cumberbatch!). I don't know how he did it but I actually felt seasick at the point where he was describing a particularly rough part of the voyage.

Not a prizewinner as such but on the Modern Library's 100 Best Novels list is Parade's End (yes they've just made a miniseries adaptation of that too starring guess who...can you see a theme here?). It's really wonderful but takes a bit of concentration because it's stream of consciousness, but told through several characters' points of view.

#17 EsmeLennox

Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:47 PM

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood is wonderful - it is speculative fiction though (but not your typical sci fi novel). It won the Arthur C Clarke Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize.

All That I Am by Anna Funder is an interesting book and won a swag of awards including the Miles Franklin.

#18 Bel Rowley

Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:49 PM

QUOTE (Missmousie @ 18/11/2012, 12:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Secret River by Kate Grenville. Won the nsw premier's award. It's about the convict experience/early Sydney, and j really recommend it. The sequel, Sarah Thornhill, has been nominated for the same award this year. I started eachof them and finished them the next day. They are both easy to read and very engaging, as well as having a number of interesting book club discussion themes.

This was going to be my suggestion too, we did it at my book club a couple of years ago. A perfect book club book.

#19 pollyputthekettleon

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:22 PM

I'm currently reading Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, which won the Pulitzer in 2009. It's a seriously good read. Without meaning to sound awful, it's kind of like a cleverer Jodi Picoult.




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