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Book Review – The Golden Prince

by Rebecca Dean (Harper) ISBN 978-0-00-731572-7 As an avid reader of historical fiction, I prefer novels that tell a true story about real people. The Golden Prince falls short of that expectation, as the love story is not based on fact. However, it is still…

Book Review – An Exclusive Love: A Memoir

by Johanna Adorján (author), Anthea Bell (translator) (WW Norton & Company) ISBN 978-0-393-0-80018 The book opens ominously: “On 13 October 1991 my grandparents killed themselves.” Quite a depressing introduction, but one that sets the scene of a memoir of a granddaughter trying to discover her…

Book Review – Black Hills

by Nora Roberts (Piatkus) ISBN: 978-0-7499-2926-8 Nora Robert fans will love this bulky whodunit story of Lil Chance. A young Lil falls in love with Cooper Sullivan, sulky and sad New Yorker. He is visiting his grandparents on their farm because his parents are trying…

Book Review – Positions

edited by Peter Anders and M. Krouse (Jacana) ISBN: 9781770098893 This book is a collection of essays about contemporary artists in South Africa, first published in German, as part of a German series on how art responds to globalisation. Or in the editor’s words, ‘how…

Book Review – George And The Big Bang

by Stephen and Lucy Hawking (Doubleday) ISBN: 9780385615532 Look, it’s a science book for kids with a story. So no big expectations. Oh, it’s written by Stephen Hawking and his wife/sister? Lucy. So it must be good right. Well I do have to say it’s…

Book Review – Nelson Mandela By Himself

edited by Sello Hatang and Sahm Venter (Macmillan) ISBN: 978-1-770101418 The introduction to this book states that Mandela is ‘one of the most quoted – and misquoted - people in the world’. The editors see this as an irony as most of Mandela’s banned life…

Book Review – Nineveh

by Henrietta Rose-Innes (Umuzi) ISBN 978-1-4152-0136-7 The central character, Katya Grubb, controls the overpopulation of insects in urban areas in Cape Town by removing them and reinstating them into their natural habitat. She is asked to work at a luxury estate called Nineveh. While at…

Book Review – Dead Simple

by Peter James (Pan) ISBN 978-0-330-43419a-5 Michael's friends giggled as they screwed down the lid of his coffin and threw dirt over the grave. This was the idea of the best man who was organising the stag party before the wedding. Inside the coffin, Michael…

Book Review – The Japanese Devil Fish Girl

by Robert Rankin (Gollancz) ISBN: 9780575088542 If you think this book has anything to do with Japanese devils or fish, then boy will you be in for a surprise. If anyone reading this knows what the term Steampunk means then buy this book it contains…

Book Review – Paper Sons And Daughters

by Ufrieda Ho (Picador Africa) ISBN 978-1-77010-168-5 This book begins with the arrival of Chinese people with illegal papers, to South Africa. These immigrants were hoping for a better life. They were escaping the terrible hardships endured in China. However, South Africa was not the…
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