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Book Review – Almost Human

by Lee Berger and John Hawks (Jonathan Ball Publishers) ISBN: 9781868428052 Lee Berger is a paleoanthropologist and National Geographic explorer. He is best known for his discovery of Australopithecus sediba and Homo Naledi. John Hawks worked alongside Lee Berger on the Rising Star expedition. This…

Book Review – The Last Stop

by Thabiso Mofokeng (Blackbird Books) ISBN: 9781928337430 If cars were birds, then the taxis on South African roads would be hadedas – no one likes them, do they? But have you ever wondered what the life of a taxi driver is really like? In The Last…

Book Review – An Extraordinary Egg

An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni (Jacana Media) ISBN 9781431424603 Jessica, the frog, lives with two other frogs on Pebble Island. She is full of wonder and likes to wander off to explore the far reaches of the island and discover new things. One day…

Book Review – A Secret Garden

by Katie Fforde (Century) ISBN 9781780890883 A Secret Garden is a warm and funny story of friends and family in a small neighbourhood trying to make a living as they search for true love. The two main characters, Philly and Lorna are friends and share…

Book Review – Fighting The Storm

by Rob Mackenzie (Fig Tree) ISBN: 9780620624701 In Fighting The Storm, Zimbabwean author Rob Mackenzie spins a tale of pride, revenge, broken hearts and second chances. Young Rod is framed for a nasty prank on his self-centred, beauty queen, stepsister. Even though he had no…

Book Review – George’s Marvellous Experiments

by Roald Dahl (Penguin) ISBN: 9780141375946 George Kranky has a terrible granny, who is a miserable old bag. He believes that granny is a wicked old witch and decided to create a special potion that will blow off her head. This experiment is the beginning…

Book Review – The Amazing Talent Show

by Lynn Bedford Hall (Struik) ISBN:978-1-43230-649-6 There is a stage, there is a competition, there are talented animals and most importantly there is a little girl living on a farm feeling very lonely. Until one evening, as the moon and stars come out, a wise…

Book Review – Dead Letters

by Caite Dolan-Leach (Corvus) ISBN: 978-0399588860 I was surprised to discover that this is a first novel for Caite Dolan-Leach.  The depth and richness of the experiences she’s crammed into it certainly belie her age. Ava Antipova fled a failing family vineyard leaving her twin…

Book Review – Midwinter

by Fiona Melrose (Corsair) ISBN: 9781472151780 Landwyn and Vale Midwinter - father and son - are farmers in Suffolk. They're struggling. Farming is never easy, it's a bleak winter and the loss of Cecelia, wife and mother, in Zambia ten years earlier haunts both. The…

Book Review – Pride And Prejudice: The Gerald Kraak Anthology

African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (Jacana Media) ISBN: 978-1-4314-2518-1 Pride And Prejudice is a cake of many layers, fillings, flavours and designs that represents the colourful, cultural, brave stories of people whose lives are seen to be abnormal, but only because of…
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