Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – August 2016


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

Here are the reviews:

  1. 15th Affair by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Century)
  2. 50 Silk Scarves by Melanie Brummer (Metz Press)
  3. A Summer At Sea by Katie Fforde (Century)
  4. A Time Of Torment by John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton) 4/5
  5. Angry Owl by Kerryn Ponter (Struik Children) 4/5
  6. Anxiety For Beginners by Eleanor Morgan (Pan Macmillan) 4/5
  7. Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt (Atlantic Books) 4/5
  8. Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (Walker Books)
  9. Blue by Danielle Steel (Penguin
  10. Bodyguard Target by Chris Bradford (Puffin Books)
  11. Fever At Dawn by Péter Gárdos (Doubleday) 4/5
  12. Flowers And Borders Easy Cross Stitch Designs by Maria Diaz (Metz Press South Africa)
  13. From Whiskey To Water by Sam Cowen (MF Books) 5/5
  14. Holding My Breath by Ace Moloi (Blackbird Books) 5/5
  15. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Viking)
  16. How To Invest Like Warren Buffet by Alec Hogg (Jonathan Ball)
  17. In The Maid’s Room by Hagen Engler (Jacana) 5/5
  18. Moskva by Jack Grimwood (Penguin
  19. My Name Is Leon by Kit de Waal (Penguin Viking)
  20. Negroland – A Memoir by Margo Jefferson (Granta)
  21. Nombulelo And The Moth by Susie Dinneen (Puffin Books) 4/5
  22. Our Kind Of Traitor by John le Carré (Penguin Books) 4/5
  23. Path Of The Lion by Sandy Geyer (Allcopy Publishers)
  24. Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain (Penguin) 4/5
  25. Sigh The Beloved Country by Bongani Madondo (Picador Africa) 5/5
  26. The BFG by Roald Dahl (Puffin Books) 4/5
  27. The Dot Spot by Dorothy Black (Jacana Media)
  28. The Girl Who Came Back by Susan Lewis (Century) 4/5
  29. The Lubetkin Legacy by Marina Lewycka (Fig Tree)
  30. The One Man by Andrew Gross (Macmillan) 4/5
  31. The Road To Soweto by Julian Brown (Jacana)
  32. The Swan Book by Alexis Wright (Constable)
  33. The Teacher by Katerina Diamond (AVON) 4/5
  34. To Catch A Star by Romy Sommer (Harper Impulse)
  35. Tuesday Nights In 1980 by Molly Prentiss (Hamish Hamilton) 4/5
  36. What Poets Need by Finuala Dowling (Kwela Books) 4/5

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