Big Brother, by Lionel Shriver

bigbrotherPandora Halfdanarson’s brother is fat. And he’s coming to stay. And cook.

To what extent is it ethical or desirable for her to intervene in his addiction to food?

And what is the underlying cause of the eating behaviour that is killing him?

This novel is a great read, and very thought-provoking. Especially given that Lionel Shriver’s real brother died from obesity-related heart attack shortly after she wrote¬†this¬†article in the Guardian.

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The Bees, Laline Paull

Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And while mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is reassigned to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. Then she finds her way into the Queen’s inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. Enemies roam everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. But Flora cannot help but break the most sacred law of all, and her instinct to serve is overshadowed by a desire, as overwhelming as it is forbidden…

We are all completely beside ourselves, Karen Fowler

Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life. There’s something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary’s trouble. So now she’s telling her story.