Suggested Books

Lots of book suggestions at The Guardian’s 1000 novels you must read site here

Some suggestions for future books from bookgroupers are:

  1. “Saturday” by Ian Mcewan
  2. The big sleep by Philip Marlow
  3. The White Earth by Andrew McGahan
  4. People of the book by Geraldine Brooks
  5. Crime and Punishment Dostdoyeviski
  6. Yokio Mishima, Murikami
  7. Rumi Poetry
  8. Aboriginal writers- Jared Thomas, Tara June Winch, Terri Janke

Add a comment below if you have a suggestions for other books you’d like to read .

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peter  |  June 20, 2007 at 12:43 am

    When Nietzsche Wept: A Novel of Obsession (Perennial Classics)
    by Irvin D. Yalom

    Two reviews:

    From Publishers Weekly
    This talky first novel by psychotherapist Yalom is set in 1882, when Joseph Breuer, an eminent physician and mentor of Sigmund Freud, strives to apply his recently discovered talking cure to the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
    Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    From Kirkus Reviews
    Freud’s mentor, Josef Breuer, attempts to cure Friedrich Nietzsche of suicidal despair in the clinics, cemeteries, and coffeehouses of 19th-century Vienna–in this first novel by the author of the bestselling Love’s Executioner: an entertaining and highly original tale of an uncompromising friendship between two brilliant men. Distinguished physician, renowned scientist, beloved husband and father, Josef Breuer finds himself at 40 simultaneously at the crest of his professional life and near the bottom of a pit of incomprehensible despair. Cursed with nightmares, insomnia, and obsessive sexual fantasies of his former patient, Anna O. (whom he cured, miraculously if temporarily, through a new technique called “talk therapy”), Breuer welcomes the distraction when the imperious future psychoanalyst Lou Salom‚ demands that he use talk therapy to cure the suicidal depression of her friend, Friedrich Nietzsche. Because the poverty-ridden, unknown philosopher is too proud to accept spiritual help from anyone, Breuer must somehow cure the younger man without his knowledge–but the physician welcomes the challenge, and soon solves it by posing as the patient himself and begging Nietzsche’s help in relieving his own existential pain. Unable to refuse, dour Nietzsche agrees to embark on a month of daily “talks” with the physician. The ensuing dialogue between a man of the world and an unworldly man becomes increasingly compelling as first Breuer, then Nietzsche, uncovers his forgotten past and delves deep into his own and the other’s unconscious desires and fears. Throughout, Yalom’s evocation of Breuer imprisoned in a classic midlife crisis, Nietzsche stymied by his own pride, loneliness, and terror, Lou Salom‚ cracking her feminist whip, and young Sigmund Freud eagerly following each conversation’s twists and turns make for a stimulating dip into the pools of 19th-century philosophy, psychology, and culture. A delectable fantasy–in which the sole disappointment is that it didn’t actually occur. — Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • 2. Peter  |  November 3, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood London : Hogarth Press, 1939

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  • 3. Peter Kandlbinder  |  January 29, 2010 at 1:53 am

    The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (2008) comes highly recommended by a couple of people at work.

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  • 4. Cath Anderton  |  March 8, 2010 at 10:49 am

    HI Dave and gang,
    love the blog. Love the idea of the themed meeting. Our group will have to try that. Our bookclub has just had a go at reading George Elliots “Daniel Deronda”. In the time we had between meetings no-one finished it. Its style is detailed and definely pre-Tv/DVD era. I really enjoyed what I read of it – now i’ll try the mini series! We decided if George Elliot lived today she may be a Gemaine Greer type of person and more – intellectual, acutely observant, social comentator. We are currently reading, Geraldine Brooks Foreign Correspondent, then Water for Elephants and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
    cheers Cath

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  • 5. Peter Kandlbinder  |  March 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
    New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010.

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  • 6. Don  |  March 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Books recommended by the author Georgia Blain:

    “Book of Common Prayer” by Joan Didion

    “The Emmigrants” by WG Sebald

    “A Heart So White” by Javier Marias

    and then any writing by the authors Alice Munro, Jhumpa Lahiri and Richard Ford

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  • 7. Goodgulf  |  September 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    John Pilger’s “Hidden Agendas” is still current for what is happening now.

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