Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – September 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. Baby Doll by Hollie Overton (Century) 5/5
  2. Baking With Jackie Cameron by Jackie Cameron (Penguin) 4/5
  3. Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson (Corvus)
  4. Bullseye by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge (Century)
  5. Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves (Macmillan)
  6. Die Laughing edited by Joanne Hichens (Tattoo Press) 4/5
  7. Entrepreneurship 101 by Joshua Maluleke (Blackbird Books) 5/5
  8. First Response by Stephen Leather (Hodder & Stoughton)
  9. Hide And Seek by M.J. Arlidge (Michael Joseph)
  10. Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? The Zuma Years by Tim Richman (Two Dogs)
  11. Lyle The Crocodile by Dianne Stewart. Illustrated by Joan Rankin (Jacana)
  12. Magic: A Novel by Danielle Steel (Delacorte Press)
  13. Miss You by Kate Eberlen (Mantle)
  14. More Easy Party Treats For Children by Janette Mocke (Struik)
  15. Nwelezelanga: The Star Child by Unathi Magubeni (Jacana) 4/5
  16. Pleasure: A Novel by Nthikeng Mohlele (Picador Africa) 4/5
  17. Riverkeep by Martin Stewart (Penguin)
  18. Rushing Waters by Danielle Steel (Bantam Press)
  19. Selection Day by Aravind Adinga (Picador)
  20. South by Frank Owen (Corvus)
  21. The Apartment by SL Grey (Macmillan)
  22. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (Bantam Press) 5/5
  23. The Daily Assortment Of Astonishing Things – The Caine Prize for African Writings 2016 (Jacana)
  24. The Girls by Emma Cline (Chatto & Windus) 4/5
  25. The Inheritance by Katie Agnew (Orion) 5/5
  26. The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (HarperCollins) 4/5
  27. The Last Photograph by Emma Chapman (Picador)
  28. The Lemon Tree by Katherine Graham and Wendy Paterson (Struik Children)
  29. The Moment She Left by Susan Lewis (Century)
  30. The Thabo Mbeki I Know edited by Sifiso Mxolisi Ndlovu and Miranda Strydom (Pan Macmillan South Africa)  4.5/5
  31. The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell (Corgi Books) 4/5
  32. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (Picador) 4/5
  33. Under Devil’s Peak by Gavin Cooper (Mercury)
  34. Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves (Scribner) 4/5
  35. You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott (Picador) 4/5