Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – July 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

If you are writing a book, and you read a lot, you may want to read 9 Things To Think About When You Read Like A Writer.

Here are the reviews:

  1. 101 Kruger Tales compiled by Jeff Gordon (Leadwood Publishing) 4/5
  2. Always Anastacia by Anastacia Tomson (Jonathan Ball Publishers)
  3. Beer Safari by Lucy Corne (Struik Lifestyle) 4/5
  4. Blacks Do Caravan by Fikile Hlatshwayo (Jacana)
  5. Blue Cow Sky by Peter Church (Mercury)
  6. City Rooster by Claudia Eicker-Harris (Struik Children)
  7. Cold Case Confession by Alex Eliseev (Pan Macmillan South Africa) 4/5
  8. Demigods and Magicians by Rick Riordan (Puffin Books)
  9. Dudu’s Basket by Dianne Stewart (Jacana)
  10. First Bite: How We Learn To Eat by Bee Wilson (Fourth Estate) 4/5
  11. Flesh And Blood by Riette Rust (LAPA Publishers) 4/5
  12. Granite by Jenny Robson (Tafelberg)
  13. Holding My Breath by Ace Moloi (Blackbird Books) 4.5/5
  14. Jimfish by Christopher Hope (Atlantic Books)
  15. Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner (The Borough Press)
  16. Mzansi Zen by Antony Osler (Jacana) 4/5
  17. Papwa – Golf’s Lost Legend by Maxine Case (Kwela Books)
  18. Predator by Wilbur Smith with Tom Cain (HarperCollins) 4/5
  19. Season Of Salt And Honey by Hannah Tunnicliffe (Macmillan) 4/5
  20. The African Orchestra by Wendy Hartmann (Jacana)
  21. The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb (Harper Perennial) 4/5
  22. The Bridge Ladies – A Memoir by Betsy Lerner (MacMillan)
  23. The Constant Queen by Joanna Courtney (MacMillan) 4/5
  24. The End Of Whiteness by Nicky Falkof (Jacana) 4/5
  25. The Girl From Lace Island by Joanna Rees (Pan)
  26. The Muse by Jessie Burton (Picador) 4.5/5
  27. The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis (Blue Bird) 4/5
  28. The Place That Didn’t Exist by Mark Watson (Picador)
  29. The Reader On The 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent, translated by Ros Swartz (Mantle) 5/5
  30. The Salmon Who Dared To Leap Higher by Ahn Do-hyun (Pan)
  31. The Scattering by Lauri Kubuitsile (Penguin) 5/5
  32. The Shouting In The Dark by Elleke Boehmer (Jacana) 4/5
  33. The Trouble With Mojitos by Romy Sommer (Harper Impulse)
  34. This Present Darkness by Stephen Ellis (Jacana)
  35. Ultimate Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting Guide by Sister Lilian (Human & Rousseau)
  36. Unlocking The Secrets To Scorpios by Trish MacGregor (Page Street)
  37. We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen (Andersen Press)

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

This article has 1 comment

  1. Marie Gouws

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