Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – April 2017


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

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  1. Christmas Under The Stars by Karen Swan (Pan Books) 4/5
  2. Cold Blood by Andy McNab (Bantam Press)
  3. Come And Get Us by James Patterson with Shan Serafin (Bookshots)
  4. Cousins by Sally Vickers (Viking)
  5. Cross The Line by James Patterson (Century) 5/5
  6. Dancing The Death Drill by Fred Khumalo (Umuzi) 5/5
  7. Dead President Walking by Zapiro (Jacana) 4/5
  8. Dead To Me by Lesley Pearse (Michael Joseph)
  9. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney, Afrikaans translation (Penguin Books South Africa)
  10. Dot To Doodle Animal Mandalas by Suzy Taylor (Struik Lifestyle) 5/5
  11. Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land (Penguin) 4/5
  12. Hamba Sugar Daddy by Nape ’a Motana (Jacana)
  13. How To Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell (Ebury Press) 4/5
  14. I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb (Ex Libris)
  15. Invisible City by Julia Dahl (Minotaur) 4/5
  16. Kalahari by Jessica Khoury (Penguin Young Readers) 4/5
  17. Lord Of The Darkwood by Lian Hearn (Picador)
  18. My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair (Hodder)
  19. My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (Bantam Press) 4/5
  20. Night School by Lee Child (Bantam Press)
  21. Paris For One And Other Stories by Jojo Moyes (Penguin) 4/5
  22. Rather Be The Devil by Ian Rankin (Orion) 4.5/5
  23. Ten Days by Gillian Slovo (Canongate)
  24. Tess by Tracey Farren (Modjaji Books) 4/5
  25. The Award by Danielle Steel (Bantam Press) 5/5
  26. The Book of Mirrors by E.O. Chirovici (Century) 4/5
  27. The Fate Of The Tearling by Erika Johansen (Bantam Press)
  28. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne (Doubleday) 5/5
  29. The Ice Lands by Steinar Bragi (Macmillan) 4/5
  30. The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz (Penguin) 4/5
  31. The Park by Gail Schimmel (MacMillan) 4/5
  32. The Power by Naomi Alderman (Viking) 4.5/5
  33. The Shadow Sister – Star’s Story by Lucinda Riley (Macmillan) 4.5/5
  34. The Spy by Paulo Coelho (Hutchinson)
  35. The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis (Penguin)
  36. Three Daughters Of Eve by Elif Shafak (Viking)
  37. Tools Of Titans by Tim Ferriss (Vermilion) 5/5
  38. Wildlife Of Southern Africa edited by Vincent Carruthers (Struik Nature) 5/5
  39. Woman Of God by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Century) 4/5
  40. You Said Forever by Susan Lewis (Century) 5/5

We want to thank PanMacmillan South AfricaJonathan Ball PublishersPenguin Books South AfricaRHS and Jacana Media for the review copies.