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Book Review – Daring To Drive

Daring To Drive by Manal Al-Sharif (Simon & Schuster) ISBN: 9781471164408 Daring to Drive is about driving; and it is not about driving. Manal Al-Sharif recounts her campaign to free Saudi Arabian women to drive. She begins, rather abruptly, at the climax: imprisonment for “driving…

Book Review – African Muckraking

African Muckraking – 75 Years of Investigative Journalism from Africa by Anya Schiffrin with George Lugalambi (Jacana) ISBN 9781431425860 African Muckraking is a long over-due monument to Africa’s investigative journalists. The book brings together 41 news articles that have shaped the history of the continent or…

Book Review – The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (Harper Collins) ISBN: 9780008150778 Charlotte and Samantha Quinn live in a small town called Pikeville. They are forced to move with their parents to a new home, a farmhouse, after their home is burnt down. Their lives seem to…

Book Review – Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold

Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold by James Patterson (Arrow) ISBN: 9781784754327 This story is an adventure like no other! Using photographic memory, the children need to find the Golden City relying solely on Storm’s memory of the stolen map. The best adventures…

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’…
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