Kate’s book club read Kim Leine’s historical novel The Prophets of Eternal Fjord and discover they have wildly differing opinions.
‘My front teeth are quite fallen out but for five that dangle like scoundrels of the night from a gallows’ complains the main character, Morten Falck, as we follow his experiences attempting to convert the Inuit to Christianity in late-18th-century Greenland. Posted to a remote community, Falck discovers that navigating the local politics and winning the trust of the inhabitants is much harder than he had imagined.
A gorgeous, strange, dark-edged novel that was shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award and won the prestigious Nordic Council’s Literature Prize. But did this make for a great book club book? Listen in to find out.
We also interview Frances Ambler, features editor of Oh Comely, the magazine that inspires people to be creative, talk to their neighbours and explore new things. Their book club champions new books by women writers and Frances tells us about some of her favourites. Expect some great recommendations for your reading pile.
- The North Water, Ian McGuire
- Days Without End, Sebastian Barry
- The Blue Flower, Penelope Fitzgerald
- The Lucky Ones, Julianne Pachico
- The Idiot, Elif Batuman
- The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
- To The Ends of the Earth trilogy by William Golding.
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