The First Five Profiles

Last week we began publishing the edited profiles from the Book Drum Tournament. We'll be featuring a new profile every other day for the next few weeks, so keeping checking the site. If you particularly like one of the profiles, please let the Contributor know by commenting on our Facebook wall. And if you think they'd enjoy reading the new profiles, please pass on the link to your friends.  

This Week's Publications

Profile #1: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Profile by Cheryl Donahue.

Four days in the life of seventeen-year-old Holden Caulfield, in his own remarkable voice, as he kills time in New York City to avoid telling his parents he's been kicked out of school again. His encounters with friends, teachers and strangers gradually reveal his undiminished grief for a lost brother, and his attempts to rediscover meaning in the world.

Catcher in the Rye


Profile #2: Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding. Profile by Emma Cave.

A year in the life of an atypical 1990s woman living in London and determined to have it all. Once she can figure out what that actually is.

Bridget Jones's Diary


Profile #3: Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa by Peter Godwin. Profile by Janice Barnett.

The true story of a young boy growing up in Rhodesia as the world he thought he knew and understood is turned upside down. Mukiwa recounts Peter Godwin's journey to come to terms with the turmoil that erupts in his homeland as the colonial era comes to a brutal end.



Profile #4: The Sea by John Banville. Profile by Christine Williams.

An art historian returns to the seaside village of his childhood after the death of his wife, and there confronts an older grief. The Sea is a novel about love, loss and memory.  Winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2005.

The Sea


Profile #5: Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks. Profile by Sarah Farman.

A Scottish spy in Vichy France, Charlotte Gray is a woman in search of her lost RAF lover.  While living a double life in rural Lavaurette, she bears witness to France's shameful collaboration in the deportation of French Jews to Nazi death camps.  An intricately detailed period adventure set against the epic backdrop of World War II.         

Charlotte Gray