Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – July 2015

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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Fiction – Five Star Reviews

 We Never Asked For Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Mantle)

  The Novel Habits of Happiness – An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall Smith (Little, Brown)

 Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (Canongate)

 Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (Hodder & Stoughton)


Fiction – Four Star Reviews

 Ms Conception by Pamela Power (Umuzi)

 Eyrie by Tim Winton (Picador)

 The Defence by Steve Cavanagh (Orion)

 Theodore Boone: The Fugitive by John Grisham (Hodder & Stoughton)

 The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver (Hodder & Stoughton)

 The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson (Little, Brown)

 Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (Picador)

 Rage Against The Dying by Becky Masterman (Orion)

 What If by Rebecca Donovan (Penguin)

 The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain (Pan)

 World Gone By by Dennis Lehane (Little Brown)

 The Liar by Nora Roberts (Piatkus)

 Before the Fire by Sarah Butler (Picador)

 Mightier than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer (Macmillan)

 Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar by James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou (Young Arrow)


Fiction – Three Star Reviews

 Birth Mark by Stephen Clingman (Jacana)

 Holy Cow by David Duchovny (Headline)

 Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates (Harper Collins)

 Dub Steps by Andrew Miller (Jacana)

 Time of Death by Mark Billingham (Little, Brown)

 The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons (Sphere)

 Satellite People by Hans Olav Lahlum (Mantle)

 The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth (PAN)


Fiction – Two Star Reviews


 Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee (William Heinemann)

 Solitude Creek by Jeffery Deaver (Hodder&Stoughton)

 The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (Harper Collins)


Non-Fiction – Five Star Reviews

 How South Africa Works by Jeffrey Herbst & Greg Mills (Macmillan)

 History’s Lost Treasures by Eric Chaline (Zebra Press)


Non-Fiction – Four Star Reviews

 ADHD Does Not Exist by Richard Saul (Harper)

 Alibaba’s World by Porter Erisman (Macmillan)

 J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing by David Atwell (Jacana)

 Bully-Proof by Gail Dore (Struik Lifestyle)

 Food for your Brood by Sam Gates (Struik Lifestyle)

 Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly (Picador)


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