Cath’s List of throwable books


Cath suggested this post in her comment on our post Slapped With a Wet Fish, and admitted to throwing Tim Winton’s The Riders across the room in frustration at its ending, so we have named it in her honour. Gert is more a ranter than a thrower, but here’s our list of eligibles:

Salman Rushdie The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Dona Tartt The Secret History

Kingsley Amis Jake’s Thing

Malcolm Knox The Wonder Lover

Elizabeth Gilbert Eat Pray Love

Iris Murdoch’s last book, Jackson’s Dilemma, might have made the list had we not subsequently learned that Iris was suffering from dementia when she wrote it. We did think at the time that there was something very wrong.

We know many of you are kind-hearted souls who prefer not to carp, but for the light-minded and frivolous among you, here’s a chance to add your favourite throwables to the list.


20 thoughts on “Cath’s List of throwable books

      1. You know, Gert, I don’t think I could ever throw a book. To hold a real book in your hand especially one that is beautifuly written is great prize. They are becoming rare now.

      1. I was initially annoyed at the controversy. If you don’t like a book don’t read it, etc. I was curious and so picked up the book at a bookshop and read a few chapters. Ok, so while I feel uncomfortable with censorship, there also should be some degree of personal responsibility. The violence is lurid violent-porn. Absolutely disgusting.

        1. Interesting that there’s such tolerance for that now. I know it’s disputed, but I really can’t see how the amount of that stuff around doesn’t lower our thresholds of disgust.

  1. It’s a dubious honour, Gert. I have to admit to feeling some shame at my behaviour but I swear it was a purely reflexive action. I loved ‘The Secret History’ but ‘Eat Pray Love’ gives pause for thought.

    1. Just loathe Donna Tartt. Extremely pretentious and such a self-conscious writer though she has technical facility. Do you say Room because of your dislike of anything involving ill-treatment of children? Or did you think it was exploitative?

      1. Yes, I usually avoid anything involving the abuse of children, but Room was a book group read. I’m not a huge fan of child narrators at the best of times. Mind you, lots of other readers love Room, so I know I’m out on limb there.

  2. Is the size of the book a factor in your decision-making? I would like to add ‘Blood and Beauty’, Sarah Dunant’s novel about the Borgias. It’s big and fat, was hugely over-hyped, and if you’re not careful could easily make a hole in your (that is, the thrower’s) wall.

    1. I think I rember you talking about this. Were you supposed to review it? It would be a satisfying throw, or perhaps it could be dropped into the sea and disappear forever.

  3. Oh dear Gert, I really did enjoy ‘The Secret History’ although ‘The Goldfinch’ might be worth a bit of a huffy plonk. ‘

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