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Book Review – The Book Of Joan

The Book Of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (Canon Gate) ISBN: 9781786892409 The Book Of Joan is fascinating in many ways. It is a bold, feminist, sci-fi, roller-coaster ride of a romance. There is a new world order lead by Jean De Men. The earth has…

Book Review – The Girl Who Saw Lions

The Girl Who Saw Lions by Berlie Doherty (Anderson Press) ISBN: 9781783446469 The Girl Who Saw Lions is one of Berlie Doherty's more than 35 books for children. It is inspired by the author's visit to Africa. The book explores some cultural rituals, like female genital…

Book Review – Winging It

Winging It - Jonathan Kaplan's Journey from World-Class Ref to Rookie Solo Dad by Joanne Jowell (Macmillan) ISBN 9781770105560 When you hear that a man is a solo dad, you immediately wonder what happened to his wife or girlfriend. It is highly unusual for a…

Book Review – The After Wife

The After Wife by Cass Hunter (Trapeze) ISBN: 9781409172635 As someone who is both intrigued and dismayed by the advance of artificial intelligence (AI), I went into this book expecting to emerge with a smug “I told you so”. I am very glad to say…

Book Review – Seventeen

Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama (riverrun) ISBN: 9781786484611 When an unmitigated air disaster grips a nation, Kazumasa Yuuki and his team are the people that bring that story to the world. Hidden behind the news stories, however lies a horror story of survival that no one will…

Book Review – Hadeda La Land

Hadeda La Land by Stephen Francis & Rico (Jacana) ISBN: 978-1-4314-2567-9 I am a Madam & Eve fan. It is a welcome respite from all the depressing news surrounding South African media headlines. I would rather read the entertainment page and to giggle at the cartoonists’…

Book Review – The Little Italian Bakery

The Little Italian Bakery by Valentina Cebeni (Little, Brown) ISBN: 9781408707951 The Little Italian Bakery isn’t about a little Italian bakery at all. The book is filled with flavoursome Italian recipes I intend to try out, but a physical bakery doesn’t form part of the story…

Book Review – The Black Conscious Reader

The Black Conscious Reader by Compiled by Ndaba et al (Jacana) ISBN: 978-1-4314-2578-5 Black Consciousness is a philosophy linked to Steve Biko and is based on the inferiority complex of the black person. Mentally damaged by the system of apartheid and colonialism, this status has…

Book Review – Toyboy

Toyboy by Leon Van Nierop (Penguin) ISBN 9781485903284 Toyboy is the story of Tristan, a feckless drifting gigolo who is coming to terms with how his life is about to change. He is obsessed with his first love, Christina, who taught him everything he knows…

Book Review – Strange Weather

Strange Weather by Joe Hill (Gollancz) ISBN: 9781473221185 Strange Weather is the perfect book to curl up with on cold winter evenings. It is a collection of four short novels all linked through the theme of weather. 'Snapshot' set in a supremely hot summer in…
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