Top 10 Fiction Bestseller List

Tim Winton (Small)

Here is the Top 10 Fiction Bestseller List for the end of March from Better Reading and look who is at the top. The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton is our book to discuss on Wednesday 9th May at Orange City Library at 5.30pm.

  1. The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton (Penguin)
  2. Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel (Macmillan)
  3. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland (HarperCollins)
  4. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (HarperCollins)
  5. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Echo Publishing)
  6. I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster)
  7. Still Me by Jojo Moyes (Michael Joseph)
  8. Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (Hogarth)
  9. The Rising Sea by Clive Cussler & Graham Brown (Michael Joseph)
  10. Captive by Tony Park (MacMillan)

© Nielsen BookScan 2018 Week Ending 24/3/18

You can also check out the weekly top 10 bestselling non-fiction list and the top 10 bestselling children’s books list on Better Reading.

Man Booker International Prize Shortlist

Man Booker Shortlist

The Man Booker International Prize reveals the shortlist of six books in contention for the 2018 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. The £50,000 prize for the winning book will be divided equally between its author and translator.

The 2018 shortlist is as follows:

Author (country/territory), Translator, Title (imprint)

•    Virginie Despentes (France), Frank Wynne, Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)

•    Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith, The White Book (Portobello Books)

•    László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes, The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press)

•    Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Camilo A. Ramirez, Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)

•    Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)

•    Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft, Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)

The list includes Han Kang and Deborah Smith, who won the prize in 2016 for The Vegetarian, and László Krasznahorkai, who won the prize in its former iteration in 2015, when it was awarded for an achievement in fiction evident in a body of work. The list spans four European languages: French, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish; one from South Korea, and one from Iraq, in Arabic.

The settings range from the rock music scene in Paris, to the streets of Baghdad where a monster roams wild, to James Earl Ray’s short stay in Lisbon fleeing law enforcement; two novels span the globe, one charting Chopin’s heart making a covert voyage from Paris to Warsaw, and one featuring men on the edge of despair in Kiev, Varanasi and Shanghai; with one novel being a meditation on the colour white and an investigation of mourning and rebirth.

The translators are all at the forefront of their craft, with John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet and George Szirtes a well-established team for Krasznahorkai and Deborah Smith translating every work by Han Kang. Frank Wynne comes through with his French translation, having also been longlisted for a translation from Spanish.

The winner of the 2018 prize will be announced on 22 May in the UK.

Stella Prize Winner


Winner of the Stella Prize is Alexis Wright for her book Tracker.

Of winning the 2018 Stella Prize, Alexis Wright says: “I am totally amazed and shocked, but I deeply acknowledge the great honour that has been bestowed by the Stella Prize on my book Tracker.

“I want to express my gratitude to my friend Tracker Tilmouth, the great Eastern Arrernte man of Central Australia, and visionary leader in the Aboriginal world. I thought very deeply about how to develop this book about him by using our own storytelling principle of consensus, to give everyone the opportunity to tell their part in the story. I was not even sure if it would work as the manuscript of stories grew, but I pushed on for the six years it took to create Tracker.

“I worked on this book because I felt that Australia needed to hear what Tracker had to say. It is important. It involves the future of Aboriginal people and our culture.

“All Australian writers and their readers should be grateful that the Stella Prize has created enormous opportunities for women writers. I thank the judges for ensuring that Tracker’s story will be heard and appreciated by many more people.”

Read more about the Stella Prize and the winning book on their website.




The Cage Discussion

The Cage (Small)

The Cage by award winning New Zealand author Lloyd Jones is a small book that packs a large punch and is one that people will be talking about for a long time.

Pageturners enjoyed a great discussion that unpacked the many layers of this novel. They talked about the “trustees”, the narrator, the woman in the hat, the strangers, why and how they came to be in a cage, the publican, the narrator’s family, parallels with visits to the zoo, the behaviour of the strangers, the behaviour of the townspeople as well as parts of the story that were realistic and others that were not.

Themes included identity, empathy, refugees, hope, trauma, cruelty, compassion, alienation, torture, conflict, trust, cleanliness, integration, compliance and belonging.

Comments included “easy to read, enjoyed the turn of phrase, didn’t understand it, it made no sense, it was a work of art, was confronting, some descriptions were beautiful, made a lot of points very thoroughly, shocking, disgusting, people were not nice to each other, weird story, depressing, well drawn characters and made a point.”

A key part of the novel is when exactly do we become complicit when something terrible is happening. Here is a notable quote from the book:

“And when I lock eyes with it I see that I am part of the problem that I am implicated in its suffering.”

Pageturners gave the book an average of 3 stars from 5 with a couple of 4s in the list.

About the author:

The Hub on Books ABC RN 15 min interview with Lloyd Jones:

Article on refugees in Budapest 2015:

The next book for discussion is the latest novel by Australian author Tim Winton The Shepherd’s Hut to be discussed on Wednesday 9th May at 5.30pm.


April Pageturners RSVP

The Cage (Small)

Don’t forget to RSVP for Pageturners Book Discussion Group Wednesday evening at Orange City Library from 5.30pm to 7pm via eventbrite.

There will be lots to talk about and discuss with Lloyd Jones’ latest book The Cage.

Here are some reviews to get you thinking along some life themes:

SMH Review:

STUFF NZ Review:

 The Spinoff NZ review:

See you soon!



April Pageturners Read

The Cage (Small)

The book for the 11th April discussion at Orange City Library at 5.30pm is The Cage by Lloyd Jones.

Two mysterious strangers appear at a hotel in a small country town. Where have they come from? Who are they? What catastrophe are they fleeing? The townspeople want answers, but the strangers are unable to speak of their trauma. And before long, wary hospitality shifts to suspicion and fear, and the care of the men slides into appalling cruelty. Lloyd Jones’s fable-like novel The Cage is a profound and unsettling novel about humanity and dignity and the ease with which we’re able to justify brutality.

Lloyd Jones has written novels, short stories and a memoir. He won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novel Mister Pip. His other books include Hand Me Down World and A History of Silence. Lloyd lives in Wellington, NZ.

Praise for Lloyd Jones and The Cage:

‘A profound and unsettling allegorical fable…Its powerful message camouflaged by almost fairytale simplicity. The Cage explores how quickly humanity and dignity can segue into brutality when communication breaks down. Trust is revealed as fragile, forever at the mercy of authoritarian impulse.’ Qantas Magazine

‘Its mastery lies in its mystery; the skill with which it leaves things unsaid. An audacious and affecting riff on the tenuousness of understanding and the frailty of good intentions. What on earth will the guy do next?’ NZ Herald

‘Jones builds calmly, rationally, in prose shot through with instances of unexpected beauty and tenderness to a terrible climax.’ Adelaide Advertiser

‘A dark fable of imprisonment.’ Sydney Morning Herald, What to Read in 2018

‘It is a thought-provoking and affecting book for readers of literary fiction where the morally questionable appears very ordinary.’ Books + Publishing, FOUR STARS

Coming up:

9th May – The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton

13 June  – Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

11 July – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

8 August – Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist





Top Ten Fiction

Suspect (Small)

Here’s the Top Ten Fiction List from Better

  1. 17th Suspect by James Patterson (Century)
  2. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Echo Publishing)
  3. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (HarperCollins)
  4. Still Me by Jojo Moyes (Michael Joseph)
  5. The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly (Hachette)
  6. Widows by Lynda la Plante (Zaffre Publishing)
  7. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins)
  8. Red Sparrow (Film Tie-In) by Jason Matthews (Simon & Schuster)
  9. The Dry by Jane Harper (Macmillan)
  10. Fall From Grace by Danielle Steel (Macmillan)

© Nielsen BookScan  Week Ending 3/3/18.

Still want more to read? You can also check out the weekly top 10 bestselling non-fiction list and the top 10 bestselling children’s books list on Better Reading.


Eleanor Oliphant Discussion

Eleanor (Small)

Well Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman gave everyone so much to talk about – even those who didn’t warm to the story of a lonely eccentric woman whose life changes when she helps a stranger.

Here are the scores from Pageturners with a score of five for loving it (note a 6) and 0 for disliking it (note a 0.5):











And here’s some more reading about the book – The Guardian Review


More on Eleanor from the author Gail Honeyman

The next book for discussion on Wednesday 11th April at 5.30pm is The Cage by Lloyd Jones. 


Pageturners March Read

Eleanor (Small)

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. All this means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is the story of a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever—if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.
This is the book for discussion at the March meeting to be held at Orange City Library on Wednesday 14th March from 5.30pm. Please book your place on

Upcoming reads are:

11 April – The Cage by Lloyd Jones

9 May – The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton