Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – December 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

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Here are the reviews:

  1. 113 Minutes by James Patterson with Max DiLallo (Book Shots)
  2. Adam’s Navel by Michael Sims (Penguin)
  3. ADHD Nation by Alan Schwarz (Little, Brown)
  4. Africa Solo: my world record race from Cairo to Cape Town by Mark Beaumont (Bantam Press)
  5. Agents Of The State by Mike Nicol (Umuzi) 4/5
  6. Andy And His Magic Phone Visit The World Next Door by Kim Ebner (Struik Children)
  7. Awakening The Heroes Within by Carol S Pearson (Harper Elixir)
  8. Beyond The High Blue Air by Lu Spinney (Atlantic Books)
  9. Born A Crime by Trevor Noah (Macmillan) 5/5
  10. Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries by Helen Fielding (Jonathan Cape)
  11. Broke And Broken by Lucas Ledwaba and Leon Sadiki (Blackbird Books)
  12. Christmas Under The Stars by Karen Swan (Pan Macmillan) 4/5
  13. Conclave by Robert Harris (Hutchinson) 5/5
  14. Dead To Me by Lesley Pearse (Michael Joseph)
  15. Double Echo by Francois Bloemhof (Penguin)
  16. Duty And Honour (Jack Ryan Universe #21) by Grant Blackwood (Michael Joseph)
  17. Elephant Dawn by Sharon Pincott (Jacana) 5/5
  18. Fear Of Dying by Erica Jong (Canongate)
  19. Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett (Penguin) 5/5
  20. Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum (Mantle) 4/5
  21. Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer (Hamish Hamilton)
  22. Insanely Gifted by Jamie Catto (Canon Gate) 5/5
  23. Jack Simons: Teacher, Scholar, Comrade by Hugh Macmillan (Jacana) 4/5
  24. Lament For The Fallen by Gavin Chait (Doubleday)
  25. Managing Diabetes by Dr Arien van der Merwe (Human & Rousseau)
  26. More Braai The Beloved Country by Jean Nel (Jacana) 5/5
  27. Never Go Back by Lee Child (Bantam Press)
  28. Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Century)
  29. Nomad by James Swallow (Macmillan) 4/5
  30. Nutshell by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape) 4/5
  31. Orphans Of The Carnival by Carol Birch (Canongate) 4/5
  32. Ratner’s Star by Don Delillo (Picador)
  33. Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me by Andy Martin (Bantam Press)
  34. Sbonelo Snoop by Sarah Groves (Struik Children)
  35. Shepherds And Butchers by Chris Marnewick (Umuzi) 4/5
  36. South by Frank Owen (Corvus)
  37. Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker (Twenty7)
  38. Tannie Maria & The Satanic Mechanic by Sally Andrews (Umuzi) 4/5
  39. Terrestrial Game Birds & Snipes Of Africa by Rob Little (Jacana) 5/5
  40. The Affair by Sue Hickey and Philippa Sklaar (MF Books) 5/5
  41. The Bedside Ark by David Muirhead (Penguin)
  42. The Black Widow by Daniel Silva (Harper Collins) 4/5
  43. The Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig (Canongate)
  44. The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick (Harvill Secker) 5/5
  45. The Face On The Cutting-Room Floor by Cameron McCabe (Picador Classic)
  46. The Fireman by Joe Hill (Gollancz) 4.5/5
  47. The Ice Lands by Steinar Bragi (Macmillan) 4/5
  48. The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble (Alma Books) 4/5
  49. The Last One by Alexandra Oliva (Michael Joseph) 4/5
  50. The Last Star by Rick Yancey (Penguin)
  51. The Long Wave by Tom Dreyer (Penguin Books)
  52. The Owl Always Hunts At Night by Samuel Bjork (Doubleday) 4/5
  53. The Safest Place You Know by Mark Winkler (Michael Joseph)
  54. The Shadow Sister – Star’s Story by Lucinda Riley (Macmillan) 4/5
  55. The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver (Hodder & Stoughton) 5/5
  56. The Street by Paul McNally (Macmillan)
  57. The Supernotes Affair by Agent Kasper (A&U Canongate)
  58. The Woman In The Photo by Mary Hogan (William Morrow)
  59. Thrive! by Dr Greg Venning (Vital Press) 5/5
  60. To Quote Myself by Khanya Dlanga (Macmillan) 4/5
  61. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (Michael Joseph)
  62. Trump & Me by Mark Singer (Allen Lane)
  63. Zodiac by Sam Wilson (Michael Joseph) 4/5

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