Month: November 2011

Book prize winner, Joanne Garland, is proof that writers write.

Joanne Garland is another Writers Write graduate to win a fiction writing competition. Joanne won The Citizen Book Prize Amanda interviews Joanne Garland, winner of The Citizen Book Prize 2011, a competition for unpublished authors, run by The Citizen newspaper and Pan Macmillan. Amanda: Congratulations, Joanne!…

The Butterfly Heart

by Paula Leyden (Walker) R95, 00 ISBN 978-1-4063-2792-2 The Butterfly Heart is a wonderful story based in Africa.This is the story of a girl called Winifred whose father dies. Her uncle becomes her new father and she is forced to marry her uncle’s friend. Her…

Steeped in Blood

The Life and Times of a Forensic Scientist by David Klatzow (Zebra Press) ISBN 9781868729227  “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther…
The 5 Senses - How Readers Remember Stories

The 5 Senses – How Readers Remember Stories

There are places I remember... We bring our words to life when we use the five senses. We cannot describe effectively without them. We must stop stop telling the reader what we think, or how we see things. We do this by moving into the…

Something from Tiffany’s

by Melissa Hill (Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN 978 0 340 99335 4   The first third of this book had my eyes rolling back in my head – such sugary sweet characters, with predictable traits and such corny thoughts and conversation! I declared it a…

Basic Bird ID in Southern Africa

by Peter Ginn and Geoff McIlleron (Struik) R75.00 ISBN 978-1-77007-862-8  This little book on identifying birds is a beginner's gem. Clearly photographed and labelled, it means you too can join in the fray when everyone is shouting, "I think it's a shrike". They turn the pages…

Book Review – The Burning Wire

The Burning Wire by Jeffery Deaver (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781439156339 After writing more than twenty novels, Deaver is better than ever. The Burning Wire is the ninth in the Lincoln Rhyme series. Rhyme, a quadriplegic criminologist, and Detective Amelia Sachs, were immortalised on screen by Denzel…

Book Review – The Moonlight Mile

The Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane (Little Brown) ISBN: 9781847444752 Private Eye, Patrick kenzie, found Amanda McCready when she was reported missing as a four year old. The case almost ruined Patrick. He took the child from loving caregivers who had tried to rescue Amanda from…

Book Review – The Hummingbird and the Bear

The Hummingbird and the Bear by Nicholas Hogg (Corsair) ISBN 9781849016476 ‘I never understood why men went to war, why men would die in the corner of a muddy field…until I saw her at the wedding.’ Sam Taylor has escaped a childhood hell by the grace…
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