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Book Review – Michael K: A Novel

Michael K: A Novel by Nthikeng Mohlele (Picador Africa) ISBN  9781770104792 I appreciated the literary value in this book but was drawn to the philosophical and psychological elements: How and why the narrator is obsessed with Michael K. And the contrast shown between the narrator…

Book Review – The Cull

The Cull by Tony Park (MacMillan) ISBN: 9781770105836 Set across the blistering African landscape, The Cull is a fast-paced read, set in the unsavoury world of animal poaching. Sonja Kurtz, once a ruthless mercenary, now leads a team of die-hard, fearless women in the fight…

Book Review – The Burning Chambers

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse (Mantle) ISBN: 9781509806843 Kate Mosse has an extensive oeuvre. She wrote the trilogy set in the South of France, Labyrinth, Sepulchre, and Citadel. Her newest novel, the first of a sequence, is also set in the Languedoc and starts…

Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – February 2018

Welcome to our book reviews for February 2018. We hope you find one or two books that you will enjoy reading from the list. If you haven’t read our reviews before, we have a rating system, which is explained at the bottom of the page.…

Book Review – Knucklebone

Knucklebone by N.R. Brodie (Macmillan) ISBN 9781770105850 N.R. Brodie's Knucklebone was inspired by a song she was listening to while she was driving past Johannesburg Central Police Station. The song was "Chase the Devil". The story is a strange combination of police work and witchcraft.…

Book Review – The Last Hours

The Last Hours by Minette Walters (Allen & Unwin) ISBN: 9781760632151 It is 1348 and the plague is sweeping through England. People are dying in their thousands and nobody knows how the disease is spread. In Dorsetshire, Lady Anne decides to take control of her…

Book Review – Forest Dark

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss (Bloomsbury) ISBN: 9781408871799 Seven years after her last novel, Great House, Krauss has written a complex and intellectual new book. Nicole Krauss is an admirer of Kafka and uses the same themes of metamorphosis and alienation. The title refers to Dante’s…

Book Review – A Rhino In My Garden

A Rhino In My Garden by Conita Walker with Sally Smith (Jacana) ISBN 978-1-4314-2595-2 This is a courageous, true story that took me on an amazing adventure. A Rhino In My Garden isn’t my usual choice of genre, but I was drawn to the beautifully illustrated…

Book Review – The Stolen Marriage

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain (MacMillan) ISBN 978-1509808540 Tess De Mello marries a mysterious stranger, Henry Kraft and moves to his family home in Hickory, North Carolina. She feels completely alone and it doesn’t help that her new in-laws and the local community treat her…

Book Review – This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada (Penguin) ISBN 978-0-141-37927-2 This is a brilliant debut in the Young Adult Sci-Fi arena. While the premise is not unexpected for a dystopian future where the human world is divided into opposing groups, this Australian scientist-turned-author has created a fast…
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