Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: Birnam Wood (April 2023) – Athenaeum Book Club 2023

By Eleanor Catton

April 18, 2023

Birnam Wood is on the move…

A landside has closed the Korowai Pass in New Zealand’s South Island, cutting off the town of Thorndike and leaving a sizeable farm abandoned.  The disaster presents an opportunity for Birnam Wood, a guerilla gardening collective that plants crops wherever no one will notice.  But they hadn’t figured on the enigmatic American billionaire Robert Lemoine, who also has an interest in the place.  Can they trust him?  And, as their ideals and ideologies are tested, can they trust each other.

A propulsive literary thriller from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Luminaries, Birnam Wood is Shakespearean in its wit, drama and immersion in character.  It is a brilliantly constructed tale of intentions, actions and consequences, and an unflinching examination of the human impulse to ensure our own survival.

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