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Reading Mister Pip



I think I would be happy reading in either of these rooms, but the green room has a distinct advantage – the company of a dog. The book I’d like to read is Mister Pip, by New Zealand writer Lloyd Jones, which has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The novel is set against a rebellion in Bougainville in 1991 when 20,000 people died, and the Papua New Guinea government blockaded the island, cutting it off from the outside world. At the novel's heart is a recluse who opens a school and introduces his pupils to the literature of Charles Dickens.

The rooms come from a 1987 book called English Country by Caroline Seebohm and Christopher Simon Sykes.