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won The Citizen Book Prize Amanda interviews Joanne Garland, winner of The Citizen Book Prize 2011, a competition for unpublished authors, run by The Citizen newspaper and Pan Macmillan.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

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 Swordmaster’s Apprentice

by Edward Burke (Penguin) ISBN:9780143527978 Edward Burke sets off on a year-long journey of self-discovery and brutal training to be mentored under one of the greatest masters of martial arts. He leaves his corporate job in London to train as a live-in student of the…

Shut Your Eyes Tight

by John Verdon (Michael Joseph) ISBN 978-0-7181-5471-8 A beautiful young bride is brutally murdered in her wedding gown on her wedding day. Newly wed to an eminent psychiatrist, she is found decapitated, her head severed by a machete.Super detective, Dave Gurney comes out of retirement…

The Day is Dark

by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Hodder & Stoughton) ISBN 978 I 444 70009 I The current wave of Nordic crime writing brings Icelandic Yrsa Sigurdardottirr’s novel, The Day is Dark, to our shores. This is her fourth book featuring Thora Gudmundsdottir, a lawyer with an investigative streak…
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