Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – November 2017


Welcome to our book reviews for November 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. A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carré (Penguin)
  2. A State Of Freedom by Neel Mukherjee (Chatto and Windus)
  3. Avoiding Burnout by K.A Mann (Reach Publishers)
  4. Beauty And The Beast adapted by Elizabeth Rudnick (Paragon)
  5. Best Laid Plans by Kathy Lette (Bantam Press)
  6. Billy And The Minpins by Roald Dahl (Puffin)
  7. Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor (Picador Africa)
  8. Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet (Young Arrow)
  9. Dunstan by Conn Iggulden (Michael Joseph)
  10. Hiding In Plain Sight by Susan Lewis (Century)
  11. House Of Spies by Daniel Silva (HarperCollins)
  12. How The Hell Did This Happen? by PJ O’ Rourke (Grove Press)
  13. How To Stop Time by Matt Haig (Canongate)
  14. I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson (Egmont)
  15. I Write What I Like: 40th Anniversary Edition by Steve Biko (Picador Africa)
  16. Khwezi by Redi Tlhabi (Jonathan Ball)
  17. Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey (Harper Collins)
  18. Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks (Century)
  19. Sunday Morning Coming Down by Nicci French (Michael Joseph)
  20. The Assassination Of King Shaka by John Laband (Jonathan Ball)
  21. The Susan Effect by Peter Hoeg (Harvill Seeker)
  22. The Betrayals by Fiona Neill (Penguin)
  23. The Child by Fiona Barton (Bantam Press)
  24. The Choice by Edith Eger (Rider Books)
  25. The Friend by Dorothy Koomson (Penguin)
  26. The Genius Within by David Adam (Picador)
  27. The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt (Avon)
  28. The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand (Hodder)
  29. The Last Son’s Secret by Rafel Nadal Farreras (Penguin)
  30. The Late Show by Michael Connelly (Orion)
  31. The Medical Examiner by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Bookshots)
  32. The People We Hate At The Wedding by Grant Ginder (Flatiron Books)
  33. The President’s Keepers by Jacques Pauw (Tafelberg)
  34. The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler and Robin Burcell (Michael Joseph)
  35. The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz (Harper Collins)
  36. The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares (Penguin)
  37. The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz (Century)
  38. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell (Century)

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.