Month: December 2011

The Writers Write Interview: Justin Bonello

Essentially: Justin Bonello The Author? Justin BonelloBirthday? 21 JuneThe Venue? Little Tuscany, Bryanston, JohannesburgThe Book? Justin Bonello Cooks...for FriendsThe Interviewer? Ulrike Hill  Essentially  If love were a colour, what colour would it be?  YellowWhat is the colour of anger?  RedWhat is the colour of money?  BlueWhat is the…

Bucket List – Thoughts At The End Of The Year

Define your goals. Fictional characters are a lot like real people. You need to keep them busy. One of the first things I teach writers is that characters need a story goal. A physical, tangible story goal. Once a writer understands this, the intangible goals…

Book Review – A Visit From The Goon Squad

by Jennifer Egan (Corsair) ISBN: 9781780330969 Sometimes you read a book and you wonder. In a good and a bad way. A Visit from the Goon Squad is like reading a gritty version of the film Love Actually. It is an ensemble piece. Vignettes of lives…

Little Star

by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Quercus) R228, 00 ISBN 978-0-85738-511-6   Whether I wanted to or not, I couldn't put this unusual book down. I needed to find a point from which I could unravel the author's thoughts.   A corner of a plastic bag moves…

The 12 Days of Christmas

The Australian Women’s Weekly - Christmas and The 12 days of Christmas (ACP Books) R 79.95 each ISBN 9781742450490 and ISBN 9781863969017   When I run out of Christmas dinner and decoration ideas and can’t find what I like in magazines, I know I’ll succeed…

The way we were

by Elizabeth Noble (Penguin) ISBN 978-0-141-04311-1   The cover of this book and its title may trick you into thinking this is a love story that follows a similar formula to a Mills and Boon novel. Do not be fooled.    This is a more…

Halfaampieskraal Celebrates

Visual Feast of Food, Friendship and Festivities on a South African Farm by Maia Du Plessis & Simon Scarboro (Human & Rosseau) R265.00 ISBN 978-0-7981-5141-6   This recipe book is a sheer joy and should be kept for the next generation.   When the red…

Happy Holidays

Writers Write wishes you… Do give books for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal. ~Lenore Hershey Are you still looking for the perfect gift for the writer in your life? Writers Write offers gift vouchers for writing courses in 2012. Mail news@writerswrite.co.za to…

Best of Bill

by Bill Granger (Murdoch Books) ISBN: 978 1 7426635 1 7 R349.99  Self-taught Ozzie chef Bill Granger may not be as famous as cheeky Jamie Oliver or as sexy as Nigella, but he’s one of my favourites.Firstly, his food is unpretentious, easy-to-prepare and delicious. Granger…

Birkenhead Blooms – The floral art of Alyson Kessel

by Alyson Kessel (Struik Lifestyle) R180, 00 ISBN 978-1-770007-851-2   I was blown away by the detailed photography of each arrangement. The most useful thing about this book is that it is like an easy step by step recipe book for arranging flowers. You know…
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