Browsing All Posts filed under »20th Century«

Bog Child – Siobhan Dowd

February 26, 2009


Siobhan Dowd’s new novel, Bog Child, is a twisting tale that takes us from Drumleash, in 1981, right back to 80 AD. In this inspiring story about first love, politics and family bonds, we follow the lives of 18-year-old Fergus, and Mel, the child he discovers hidden in a bog. Mel troubles Fergus’ dreams, and […]

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hossieni

July 19, 2008


    This book is a modern day classic in my eyes. In the first part of the book, we learn about two young boys – Amir and Hassan – who have been brought up together in the same house with the same people, but they go on to live completely different lives. When Amir […]

A Company Of Swans – Eva Ibbotson

June 26, 2008


  Doesn’t every young girl dream of being a ballerina? In A Company Of Swans, to Harriet, it means everything to dance. Those of you who find the art of ballet boring, you wont be disappointed because there is a lot of thought-provoking messages and it tells the hardships of one girl from Cambridge. Harriet […]

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

June 23, 2008


This small novel is one of John Boyne’s greatest works. Set in WWII  it revolves around a small 9 – yeard old noy called Bruno in Berlin , Germany. He knows little of the war. He hears the myths of savage westerners and ruthless battleships , and the damage that has been dealt during the […]

Of Mice And Men – John Steinbeck

June 20, 2008


Of Mice And Men is one of the most popular works of Nobel Prize winning author: John Steinbeck. It deals with the story of George Milton and Lennie Small. George is a level-headed rather cynical man and Lennie suffers from a mental disorder giving him the mind of a child. They are forced to jump […]

1984 – George Orwell

June 16, 2008


  1984 was published in 1949 and is another thought-provoking book by the amazing George Orwell. It deals with a goverment led by the all-powerful Big Brother in which even people’s thoughts are policed. The main character Winston Smith works for The Party but secretly rebels against Big Brother’s teachings, engaging in an affair with […]

Animal Farm – George Orwell

June 15, 2008


Animal Farm was a satirical novella written by George Orwell during World War II but not published until 1945 due to it’s attack on Josef Stalin, who was at that time Britain’s ally. The book covers the story of a group of animals who overthrow their farmer and take over the running over of the […]