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Book Review – Drawing Conclusions

by Donna Leon (William Heinemann) ISBN: 978-0-4340-2144-4 If, like me, a thriller with twists, turns, a bit of blood and a few shocks is what you’re looking for in a novel, this book is not for you. However, if you’re looking for beautifully descriptive writing,…

Book Review – You Against Me

by Jenny Downham (David Fickling Books) R185, 00 ISBN: 978 0 857 56002 5  When Tom, an uptown boy, assaults and rapes his younger sister, Mikey is so angry he can’t think straight. Egged on by his best friend Mikey plots his revenge. Ellie is…

Book Review – A Year In The Wild

by James Hendry (Macmillan) ISBN: 978-1-77010-130-2 A Year in the Wild will make you smile, laugh and cry. Beautifully written, the story of two brothers, Angus and Hugh MacNaughton, is set to become a South African bestseller. James Hendry has written a Spud for grown-ups. Angus…

Book Review – Passion

by Lauren Kate (Doubleday) ISBN 978 03856 1808 3 Los Angeles-based author Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling creator of the wildly popular Fallen series. Passion is the third in the quartet of romantic paranormal novels aimed at young adults. Ethereally dark and exquisitely beautiful…

Book Review – Plugged

by Eoin Colfer (Headline) ISBN: 9780755379996 Eoin Colfer writes children’s books and is very good at this. He created Artemis Fowl. Then they employed him to write a new Hitch Hiker’s Guide. And you know, I don’t hate him for it. That’s just how good…

Book Review – The Last Talk With Lola Faye

by Thomas H. Cook (Quercus) ISBN 978 0 85738 150 7 Luke Paige, a published historian thinks he has forever escaped his toxic childhood in Glenville until he comes across the one woman who made it so - Lola Faye Gilroy. Luke believes his father…

Book Review – The Language Of Flowers

The Language Of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Macmillan) 978-0-230-75258-0 I’ve always had a problem with lavender. In fact, I’m allergic to it. I learnt in The Language of Flowers that lavender means mistrust. This book is beautifully written. I have a new understanding of the Victorian language…

Book Review – African Cookboy

African Cookboy by David Dinwoodie Irving (Jacana) ISBN: 9781770098695 This novel starts with a university student visiting a government minister in present day South Africa; the interview opens a flood of memories of a young man growing up in Vilakazi. In his debut novel, Dinwoodie…

Book Review – A Sangoma’s Story

by Melanie Reeder (Penguin) ISBN: 9780143026167 ‘My body has two lives,’ says traditional healer, Elliot Ndlovu, ‘the spiritual as well as the physical.’ Reeder, a well-known magazine writer, relates the story of this charismatic sangoma in a clear, readable style that avoids the academic approach…
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