Book Review – Lolly Jackson: When Fantasy Becomes Reality

by Sean Newman, Peter Piegl, Karyn Maughan (Jacana) ISBN: 9781431402960

Quite uncanny how I’ve just finished reading the book ‘Lolly Jackson’ at a time when attempts at extraditing George Smith who is believed to have murdered Jackson are being made. Once you’ve read the book, you’ll be none the wiser. I seriously doubt that Lolly’s killer will ever be found, because, as you’ll discover, everyone involved is in each other’s pockets.

The book starts off detailing Jackson’s rags to riches story through the night on which he was murdered. When it gets to the part about how he’d been dodging SARS for years the story basically loses its pace.

After reading this book, and the one on Brett Kebble, I’m still amazed at the mafia-type dealings that take place under our noses. When it comes to mob justice, South Africa is certainly not exempt. It seems that the only way to ‘coin it’ in this country is to become part of its dark underbelly.

If you’re a petrol-head you’ll also get a thrill from the pictures of Lolly’s menagerie of fast sport cars that he collected. The book was readable, but I saw it as more of an attempt by Sean Newman (the Teazer’s Media, Marketing and PR Manager) to whinge.

The part of the book I was really impressed with (which doesn’t say much for the writing), were the interviews, sound bites, articles etc. in the form of QR codes which you can scan into your smartphone and listen to! Pure genius in terms of combining traditional books with today’s modern technology.

Ashleigh Seton-Rogers


Posted on: 14th May 2012