Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – August 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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Writers Write Book Reviews – August 2017

  1. A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles (Hutchinson) 4.5/5
  2. A Huddle Of Hippos by Julia Richman (Burnet Media) 5/5
  3. A Piece Of The World by Christina Baker Kline (Borough Press) 5/5
  4. A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde (Century)
  5. Almost Human by Lee Berger and John Hawks (Jonathan Ball Publishers) 4.5/5
  6. An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni (Jacana Media)
  7. Assassin by Chris Bradford (Penguin) 5/5
  8. Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton) 4/5
  9. Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys (Doubleday)
  10. Darcy Dolphin Is A Little Bit Magic! by Sam Watkins (Egmont UK Ltd) 4/5
  11. Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach (Corvus) 4/5
  12. Fighting The Storm by Rob Mackenzie (Fig Tree)
  13. Frederick by Leo Lionni (Jacana Media)
  14. Generation One by Pittacus Lore (Michael Joseph)
  15. George’s Marvellous Experiments by Roald Dahl (Penguin) 5/5
  16. Home Cook by Thomasina Miers (Guardian Books) 4/5
  17. If I Stay Right Here by Chwayita Ngamlana (Blackbird Books) 4/5
  18. Innocents And Others by Dana Spiotta (Picador)
  19. Inside Apartheid’s Prison by Raymond Suttner (Jacana Media) 5/5
  20. Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland (Zaffre) 4.5/5
  21. Love Me Not by M.J. Arlidge (Penguin)
  22. MAD by Chloé Esposito (Michael Joseph)
  23. Midwinter by Fiona Melrose (Corsair) 4.5/5
  24. Mischling by Affinity Konar (Atlantic Books)
  25. No Middle Name by Lee Child (Bantam)
  26. Pride And Prejudice: The Gerald Kraak Anthology
  27. Shakespeare In Swahililand by Edward Wilson-Lee (William Collins) 4/5
  28. Shrek by William Steig (Penguin)
  29. Sibanda And The Black Sparrowhawk by C.M. Elliott (Jacana) 4/5
  30. Stasi Child by David Young (Minotaur Books)
  31. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo (Canongate) 4/5
  32. Swimmy by Leo Lionni (Jacana Media)
  33. Testimony by Scott Turow (Mantle) 4.5/5
  34. The Amazing Talent Show by Lynn Bedford Hall (Struik)
  35. The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer (Faber and Faber)
  36. The Fall Of The House Of Wilde by Emer O’Sullivan (Bloomsbury) 4/5
  37. The Last Stop by Thabiso Mofokeng (Blackbird Books)
  38. The Nix by Nathan Hill (Picador) 5/5
  39. The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (Hodder and Stoughton) 4.5/5
  40. Watching the Wheels: My Autobiography by Damon Hill (Macmillan) 4.5/5

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