Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – June 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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  1. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Picador) 4/5
  2. A Robot In The Garden by Deborah Install (Doubleday) – additional review 4/5
  3. Alive, Alive Oh! And Other Things That Matter by Diana Athill (Granta)
  4. Anna And The Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit (The Bodley Head) 4/5
  5. At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier (Borough Press) 4/5
  6. Boho Paisley Colouring Book by Debra Valencia (Struik Lifestyle) 5/5
  7. Coffin Road by Peter May (Quercus)
  8. Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton (Bantam Press) 5/5
  9. Different Class by Joanne Harris (Doubleday) 5/5
  10. Dutch Courage by Paige Nick (Penguin)
  11. Emperor Of The Eight Islands by Lian Hearn (Picador)
  12. Final Solution by David Cesarani (MacMillan)
  13. Flower Mandalas Colouring Book by Thaneeya McArdle (Struik Lifestyle)
  14. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (Arrow)
  15. Genuine Lies by Nora Roberts (Piatkus) 4.5/5
  16. Goddess Mojo Bootcamp by Kagiso Msimango (MF Books, Joburg)
  17. How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Web (MacMillan) 4/5
  18. I Am No One by Patrick Flanery (Atlantic Books)
  19. Like It Matters by David Cornwall (Umuzi)
  20. Love You Dead by Peter James (Macmillan) 4/5
  21. Making It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
  22. My Cape Malay Kitchen by Cariema Issacs (Struik Lifestyle) 5/5
  23. Nwelezelanga: The Star Child by Unathi Magubeni (Jacana)
  24. NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp (Century)
  25. Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz (Michael Joseph) 4/5
  26. Own Your Space by Nadia Bilchik and Lori Milner (Macmillan) 5/5
  27. Private Vegas by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Century) – additional review
  28. Property of a Noblewoman by Danielle Steel (Bantam Press)
  29. Shanghai Grand by Taras Grescoe (Macmillan)
  30. The Apartment by Danielle Steel (Bantam Press)
  31. The Big Five by Dr Sanjiv Chopra with David Fisher (Thomas Dunne Books) 4/5
  32. The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater (Michael Joseph)
  33. The Girl In The Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (Macmillan)
  34. The House On Cold Hill by Peter James (Macmillan) – additional review
  35. The Last Kids On Earth by Max Brallier (Egmont)
  36. The Latecomer by Dimitri Verhulst (Portobello) 4/5
  37. The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club by Joan Collins (Constable)
  38. The Sword of the North by Luke Scull (Head of Zeus)
  39. The Truth About Julia by Anna Schaffner (Allen & Unwin) 4/5
  40. The Widow by Fiona Barton (Bantam Press)
  41. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (Picador) 4/5
  42. Zero K by Don DeLillo (Picador) 4.5/5

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