Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – December 2017

Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – December 2017


Welcome to our book reviews for December 2017. We hope you find one or two books that you will enjoy reading from the list. If you haven’t read our reviews before, we have a rating system, which is explained at the bottom of the page.

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  1. 65 Years of Friendship by George Bizos (Umuzi)
  2. A Mind At Home With Itself by Bryon Katie (Ebury Publishing)
  3. A Stranger In The House by Shari Lapena (Bantam Press)
  4. All Sorts Of Healthy Dishes by Chantal Lascaris (Struik Lifestyle)
  5. Always Another Country by Sisonke Msimang (Jonathan Ball Publishers)
  6. Bare Ground by Peter Harris (Picador)
  7. Believe Me by Eddie Izzard (Michael Joseph)
  8. Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown (Vermilion)
  9. City Of Circles by Jess Richards (Sceptre)
  10. Crime Scene by by Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman (Headline)
  11. Dare Not Linger by Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa (MacMillan)
  12. Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben (Century)
  13. Expelled by James Patterson (Young Arrow)
  14. Handmade Gifts From The Kitchen by Alison Walker (Struik Lifestyle)
  15. Haunted by James Patterson (Century)
  16. Hooray! Thoko written and illustrated by Niki Daly (Jacana)
  17. If I Die Tonight by A.L. Gaylin (Century)
  18. Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (Penguin)
  19. Khwezi by Redi Tlhabi (Jonathan Ball)
  20. Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani (Simon & Schuster)
  21. Lincoln In The Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury)
  22. Midnight At The Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan (William Heinemann)
  23. The Book of Dust Vol 1: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (David Fickling Books)
  24. The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne (Harper Collins)
  25. The Break by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
  26. The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes (Mantle)
  27. The Choice by Edith Eger (Rider Books)
  28. The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Penguin)
  29. The Family Lawyer by James Patterson (Arrow Books)
  30. The Four by Scott Galloway (Bantam Press)
  31. The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker (HQ)
  32. The Golden House by Salman Rushdie (Penguin)
  33. The Less You Know The Sounder You Sleep by Juliet Butler (Fourth Estate)
  34. The Locals by Jonathan Dee (Corsair)
  35. The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (Random House)
  36. The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley (Macmillan)
  37. The President’s Keepers by Jacques Pauw (Tafelberg)
  38. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo (Vintage)
  39. The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol VII (Jacana)
  40. The Store by James Patterson (Century)
  41. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (Century)
  42. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (Penguin Books)
  43. Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks (Cornerstone)
  44. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (Penguin)
  45. Your Stars: What To Expect In 2018 by Rod Suskin (MF Books)

Read more about how we rate books here: The Writers Write Book Review Format

Our reviewers rate books from 1–5

  1. For use as a doorstop only
  2. Keep for publishers’ and booksellers’ strikes
  3. A great holiday read
  4. You’ll remember this with enthusiasm a month later
  5. Unforgettable

We want to thank PanMacmillan South AfricaJonathan Ball PublishersPenguin Random House South Africa, and Jacana Media for the review copies.