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Brave New World re-imagined

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jan 2012
80 years since the publication of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel Brave New World, Geoff Andrews wonders how it might be re-imagined today in...

A reader's guide to Bonfire Of The Vanities

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jan 2011
Telling the story of man whose life rapidly spirals out of control, Tom Wolfe’s debut novel is November’s Book of the Month.

A reader's guide to On The Road

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2009
As the long journey of our Book Club finally reaches its end, how better to mark the passing than a road trip?

A reader's guide to 'Home'

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Oct 2009
Three novels in 30 years is a sedate pace for an author, particularly in the face of widespread acclaim. Marilynne Robinson and the award-winning...

A reader's guide to The Clothes On Their Backs

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2009
Loss, recovery and further loss amongst emigrees who fled to London to escape the attentions of Hitler's followers.

A reader's guide to Sea Of Poppies

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Aug 2009
As emnity grows between Britain and China over the opium trade, the characters in Amitav Ghosh’s novel come together on a schooner...

A reader's guide to a Fraction Of A Whole

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jul 2009
His father the most hated man in Australia; his uncle a national hero. Can readers make sense of Jasper's memories to get to the truth?

A reader's guide to The White Tiger

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jun 2009
Follow Balram Halwai as he attempts to escape poverty and enjoy the riches of the new India. Will he succeed? And what will it cost him?

A reader's guide to The Secret Scripture

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 May 2009
Can Roseanne McNulty be allowed to rejoin the community - and if not, what will happen to her when the hospital she calls home closes?

A reader's guide to The Northern Clemency

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Apr 2009
In April we begin a six-month tour of the works shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. First in line is 'The Northern Clemency' by Philip...