Author and editor Kate Sidley joined writer Georgina Guedes to recommended four intriguing books for bibliophiles to read.
The pair discussed two books from the feminist dystopian fiction genre and two other fiction titles.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Women become the dominant gender in this science fiction story when they develop the ability to release electrical jolts from their fingers. Sidley explains that the book inverts the status quo on gender dynamics in society.
In this case, we're asking the question: what would the world look like if men were afraid of women?— Kate Sidley, columnist and book reviewer for the Sunday Times and The Times
This book was well done, it's not too reductive. They tease out the threads.— Kate Sidley, columnist and book reviewer for the Sunday Times and The Times
It's this feminist 'what if'. The women become the one's with the power.— Georgina Guedes, writer and journalist
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
This story is about a young native American girl who is adopted by a white liberal, trust-fund family from Minneapolis. The girl falls pregnant at a time when evolution has reversed itself and women are giving birth to primitive species.
It's another one of these stories, like Handmaid's Tale, that looks at how our ability to reproduce is so vitally crucial to us. When something goes wrong, everything falls apart and it brings out the worst in people.— Georgina Guedes, writer and journalist
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Protagonist and narrator Eleanor Oliphant shares her unusual life and the trauma which sets her apart from society as a misfit.
In a way, it's a book about loneliness.— Kate Sidley, columnist and book reviewer for the Sunday Times and The Times
She's got quite a distinctive voice and idiosyncratic style. It's quite quirky and oddly uplifting.— Kate Sidley, columnist and book reviewer for the Sunday Times and The Times
The Party by Elizabeth Day
A story about childhood friends Ben and Martin, who met at public school, studied together at Cambridge University and forge their own paths in adulthood. Ben's 40th birthday party is where everything unravels between him and his outsider school friend.
Martin is a little bit in love with Ben, which colours everything. Their friendship carries on throughout their lives, until the party, at which something is revealed.— Georgina Guedes, writer and journalist
The story is told in flashbacks and in the present time as the party unfolds.— Georgina Guedes, writer and journalist
It's about the intricacies of their relationship. It's about social and class anxiety in England.— Georgina Guedes, writer and journalist
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Looking for a new read? Four fiction books that come highly recommended