Wellread Initiative

Senior/Adult Recommended Reads

October – November 2018

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles
Set in Russia from 1922 up to the 50s, the novel centres on the Count Alexander Rostov, an aristocrat who is on house arrest in an attic in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel. It details his life, adapting to the changes in Russia — and shows some endearing friendships — with a chef, an actress, and a nine-year-old girl. It’s a glorious read — sumptuous, charming, and eminently readable.

The Catcher in the Rye – J D Salinger
The ultimate novel for disaffected youth, but it’s relevant to all ages. The story is told by Holden Caulfield, a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school.

Foster – Claire Keegan
A little girl is sent to live indefinitely with her ‘mother’s people’ – a childless couple on a farm in rural Ireland with apparently plenty of food and money to spare. The girl is uneasy at first but soon grows to feel comfortable in a household where she finds love and affection, something she’s never encountered before. Her happiness is short-lived, however, when a secret revealed by a neighbour threatens to destroy her childhood idyll.

The Dry – Jane Harper (Adult)
A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award winning author Jane Harper. In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain. Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier.

Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s, and the chilling violence that followed.