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Know Your Booker!: Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary

The_Testament_of_MarySo you think you know everything there is to know about Colm Toibin’s Booker nominated novel The Testament of Mary? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

The Testament of Mary is described by the book’s publisher Viking as follows:

In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, The Testament of Mary tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son’s brutal death. To her he was a vulnerable figure, surrounded by men who could not be trusted, living in a time of turmoil and change. As her life and her suffering begin to acquire the resonance of myth, Mary struggles to break the silence surrounding what she knows to have happened. In her effort to tell the truth in all its gnarled complexity, she slowly emerges as a figure of immense moral stature as well as a woman from history rendered now as fully human.

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Know Your Booker!: Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

A_Tale_For_The_Time_BeingSo you think you know everything there is to know about Ruth Ozeki’s Booker nominated novel A Tale for the Time Being? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

A Tale for the Time Being is described by the book’s publisher Penguin as follows:

Amid the garish neon glare of a district of Tokyo known as Akiba Electric Town, sixteen–year–old Naoko Yasutani pours out her thoughts into a diary. She is drinking coffee in a café where the waitresses dress like French maids and a greasy–looking patron gazes at her with dubious intent. The setting is hardly ordinary, but Nao, as she is called, is not an ordinary girl. Humbled by poverty since her father lost his high–income tech job in Silicon Valley and had to move the family back to Japan, Nao has been bullied mercilessly in school. Seemingly unmanned by his professional failure, her father, Haruki, has attempted suicide. Nao herself regards her diary as a protracted suicide note – but one she will not finish until she has committed to its pages the life story of her 104–year–old great–grandmother, a Buddhist nun named Jiko.

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Know Your Booker!: Richard House’s The Hit (The Kills: Book Four)

The_HitSo you think you know everything there is to know about The Hit, the fourth book in Richard House’s Booker nominated novel The Kills? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

The Kill is described by the book’s publisher Picador as follows:

A man is found in the desert, burned beyond all recognition.

Thomas Berens thinks this is the man he’s been hunting.

The last survivor.

The Hit is book four of The Kills.

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Know You Booker!: Richard House’s The Kill (The Kills: Book Three)

The_KillSo you think you know everything there is to know about The Kill, the third book in Richard House’s Booker nominated novel The Kills? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

The Kill is described by the book’s publisher Picador as follows:

One summer in Naples two brothers turn a murder story into reality.

Evidence of a violent crime is found in the basement of an Italian palazzo.

A missing American student appears to be the victim, two mysterious brothers the main suspects.

The strangest thing: the murder seems to have been inspired by an old crime novel, a book called The Kill.

The Kill is book three of The Kills.

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Know Your Booker!: Richard House’s The Massive (The Kills: Book Two)

The_MassiveSo you think you know everything there is to know about The Massive, the second book in Richard House’s Booker nominated novel The Kills? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

The Massive is described by the book’s publisher Picador as follows:

Rem Gunnersen needs work. His wife needs a vacation. Cathy won’t get her vacation. Rem’s job will kill him.

Down on his luck and desperate for money, Rem Gunnersen accepts an unusual proposition: to lead a team of seven men to Camp Liberty. A remote military base in the Iraqi desert, it is the place where the detritus of war is incinerated, buried, removed from memory. For a long time the camp has been unmanned. Rem and his men have no idea why they need to be there. Then Stephen Lawrence Sutler arrives.

The Massive is book two of The Kills.

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Know Your Booker!: Richard House’s Sutler (The Kills: Book One)

SutlerSo you think you know everything there is to know about Sutler, the first book in Richard House’s Booker nominated novel The Kills? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

Sutler is described by the book’s publisher Picador as follows:

The digital first publication of Sutler is the start of a groundbreaking collaboration between a writer and publisher.

Listen. There’s a problem and it can’t be solved. You need to disappear.

This is Stephen Lawrence Sutler’s last morning at Camp Liberty, Iraq. In two hours a massive explosion will conceal the theft of $53,000,000. Sutler, shaken by the blast and forced to go the run, is unaware that any money is missing or that he has been set up. His problems are just beginning.

Sutler is book one of The Kills.

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