Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – October 2017


Welcome to our book reviews for October 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 Gap In The Hedge by Johan Vlok Louw (Umuzi)
  2. Black Market by James Patterson (Arrow Books)
  3. Churchill and Smuts: The Friendship by Richard Steyn (Jonathan Ball)
  4. Crazy House by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet (Young Arrow)
  5. Darien: Empire Of Salt by C.F. Iggulden (Penguin)
  6. Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Seddon (Corvus)
  7. How To Stop Time by Matt Haig (Canongate)
  8. I Wonder Who by Kerryn Ponter (Struik Children)
  9. Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (Penguin Books)
  10. Khwezi by Redi Tlhabi (Jonathan Ball)
  11. Killing Karoline by Sara-Jayne King (MF BOOKS JOBURG)
  12. Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven (Penguin)
  13. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami (Harvill Seeker)
  14. Nicko by Penny Haw (Struik Children)
  15. No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein (Allen Lane)
  16. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (Penguin)
  17. Pottymouth and Stoopid by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (Arrow)
  18. Ratels On The Lomba by Leopold Scholtz (Jonathan Ball)
  19. Reflecting Rogue by Pumla Dineo Gqola (MFBooks Joburg)
  20. Softness Of The Lime by Maxine Case (Umuzi)
  21. Sugar-Free & Carb-Conscious Living by Monique le Roux Forslund (Struik)
  22. Tales From Africa by K.P. Kojo (Puffin Classics)
  23. Thank You For Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman (Allen Lane)
  24. The BIG Book Of Animal Stories (Struik Children)
  25. The Dying Game by Asa Avdic (Windmill)
  26. The Incest Diary by Anonymous (Bloomsbury Circus)
  27. The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater (Penguin)
  28. The People At Number 9 by Felicity Everett (Harper Collins)
  29. The Vanishing Of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase (Michael Joseph)
  30. The Walls by Hollie Overton (Century)
  31. Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (William Heinemann)
  32. Weber Classics by Jamie Pruviance (Struik Lifestyle)

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.