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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

Eleanor Catton

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Behold the Dreamers

Imbolo Mbue

The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross

The Bone Readers

Jacob Ross

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

The Night Tiger

Yangsze Choo

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

How We Disappeared

Jing-Jing Lee

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart

Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga

Our Lady of the Nile

Scholastique Mukasonga

A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam

A Passage North

Anuk Arudpragasam

The Promise by Damon Galgut

The Promise

Damon Galgut

The teens was a decade of increasing digital consumption as the world signed up to be a part of streaming culture. It also saw great steps forward in LGBTQ+ equality across the world, including among many Commonwealth countries. In 2022, we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and 70 years since becoming Head of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth currently has 54 member states and connects over 2.4 billion people across the world.

Questions for your reading group

  • Most of these books examine experiences in different countries in the Commonwealth. Did your book(s) introduce you to any historical moments that you were unaware of?
  • Some characters in this decade’s books experience prejudice and disadvantage. What barriers or challenges do they face?
  • Some of the texts in this period have intertwining narratives. Why do you think the author(s) chose to use this technique and how do the narratives connect to each other?
  • Many of the characters in these novels experience violence in different forms, such as war or domestic abuse. How does the writer present violence, and why do you think they included it?
  • The geography of some of these books is a vital part to their characters stories. What impact do you think setting has?
  • Death plays an important role in some of this decade’s titles. How is it presented in the text and what effect does it have on the characters?
  • Hopes and dreams motivate a lot of the characters in these texts. How is this presented in your book(s) and do any of the characters achieve theirs?
  • What other books published between 2012-22 would you recommend?

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