PopJustice Book Club


I’m finally reading -

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Just finished Evil Eye by Etaf Rum - with its focus on the generational trauma faced by Palestinians in the diaspora it feels very timely even though the dialogue isn't great.

Absolutely worth reading for the cooking descriptions alone.
Two chapters into The Priory of the Orange Tree and my terrible memory for names is already being tested nn. Thank god for the glossary!



  • Hangman by Maya Binyam, published by ONE, Pushkin Press
  • In Defence of the Act by Effie Black, published by époque press
  • And Then She Fell by Alicia Elliott, published by Allen & Unwin
  • The Wren, The Wren by Anne Enright, published by Jonathan Cape
  • The Maiden by Kate Foster, published by Mantle
  • Brotherless Night by V.V. Ganeshananthan, published by Viking
  • Restless Dolly Maunder by Kate Grenville, published by Canongate Books
  • Enter Ghost by Isabella Hammad, published by Jonathan Cape
  • Soldier Sailor by Claire Kilroy, published by Faber & Faber
  • 8 Lives of a Century-Old Trickster by Mirinae Lee, published by Virago
  • The Blue, Beautiful World by Karen Lord, published by Gollancz
  • Western Lane by Chetna Maroo, published by Picador
  • Nightbloom by Peace Adzo Medie, published by Oneworld
  • Ordinary Human Failings by Megan Nolan, published by Jonathan Cape
  • River East, River West by Aube Rey Lescure, published by Duckworth Books
  • A Trace of Sun by Pam Williams, published by Legend Press
Ooh that’s been sitting on my bookshelf for decades! Let me know how you find it - I really should get round to it. Is it a popular read here?
I'm 700 pages in, 300 to go. It's some of the most exceptional world-building I've come across. So rich and interesting, a real feat of sustained imagination. Clarke's skills are really evident in how the whole thing comes together too - there are many, many characters, side-plots, and tangents (not to mention 100s of footnotes) but the whole thing flows like a dream. Thrilling, funny, moving, and haunting. Highly recommend.