Month: December 2011

The Writers Write Interview: Justin Bonello

The Author? Justin Bonello Birthday? 21 June The Venue? Little Tuscany, Bryanston, Johannesburg The Book? Justin Bonello Cooks...for Friends The Interviewer? Ulrike Hill Essentially If love were a colour, what colour would it be?  Yellow What is the colour of anger?  Red What is the colour of money? …

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…

Book Review – Little Star

by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Quercus) 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 in the snow. It…

Book Review – The 12 Days of Christmas

The Australian Women’s Weekly - Christmas and The 12 days of Christmas (ACP Books)  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 with the Australian Women’s…

Book Review – 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 realistic story,…

Book Review – Halfaampieskraal Celebrates

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

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…

Book Review – Birkenhead Blooms

The floral art of Alyson Kessel by Alyson Kessel (Struik Lifestyle) ISBN 9781770078512 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…
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