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Birnam Wood

Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 02/03/2023
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Birnam Wood
Further proof that Eleanor Catton is one of our greatest and most intelligent contemporary authors
Shelley, Mira and Tony are part of a kiwi guerilla gardening collective called Birnam Wood, which hopes to encourage a more sustainable way of living. When... READ MORE
Martha

Synopsis

Birnam Wood is on the move... Five years ago, Mira Bunting founded a guerrilla gardening group: Birnam Wood. An undeclared, unregulated, sometimes-criminal, sometimes-philanthropic gathering of friends, this activist collective plants crops wherever no one will notice, on the sides of roads, in forgotten parks, and neglected backyards. For years, the group has struggled to break even. Then Mira stumbles on an answer, a way to finally set the group up for the long term: a landslide has closed the Korowai Pass, cutting off the town of Thorndike. Natural disaster has created an opportunity, a sizable farm seemingly abandoned. But Mira is not the only one interested in Thorndike. Robert Lemoine, the enigmatic American billionaire, has snatched it up to build his end-times bunker - or so he tells Mira when he catches her on the property. Intrigued by Mira, Birnam Wood, and their entrepreneurial spirit, he suggests they work this land. But can they trust him? And, as their ideals and ideologies are tested, can they trust each other? A gripping psychological thriller from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Luminaries, Birnam Wood is Shakespearean in its wit, drama and immersion in character. A brilliantly constructed consideration of intentions, actions, and consequences, it is an unflinching examination of the human impulse to ensure our own survival.

  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • ISBN: 9781783784257
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 655g
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 30 mm

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Birnam Wood
Gripping and thought provoking
Birnam Wood has a message - loud and clear- well. actually many messages …in some ways it is an essay on the state of the planet, megalomaniacs, political ... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
Birnam Wood
Compelling stark and complex story
Clever and pacy and modern, with a guerilla garden collective and a billionaire with a hero complex, this novel explores so many present day issues with a ... READ MORE
Sarah Wood
Birnam Wood
A guaranteed bestseller
I was excited to read the long anticipated novel from Booker Prize Winner Eleanor Catton. Her latest offering is less weighty than The Luminaries both in s... READ MORE
T Edwards
Birnam Wood
Ecological thriller
Birnam Wood by Eleanor Catton I was originally attracted to this book by its title, Birnam Wood, but it’s association with Macbeth is at most very tenuo... READ MORE
Jonathan  Kaye
Birnam Wood
Quickly drifts into mediocrity
An eco group-Birnam Wood-get an invite from billionaire Lemoine to carry out their activities on his secretly acquired farm in Thorndike-to aid his cover a... READ MORE
tim cully
Birnam Wood
A slow build up…
I wasn’t sure at the beginning if I’d made a mistake picking up Birnam Wood. The pacing felt incredibly slow and I wasn’t a fan of the meticulous scene set... READ MORE
Shelley  Hollis
Birnam Wood
Terrific read
I wasn't sure quite what to expect but from the word go I was very quickly drawn into the story. There are no chapters, just three long sections which made... READ MORE
Kate