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Book Review – Next To Love

by Ellen Feldman (Picador) ISBN: 9780330544504   After her success with Scottsboro, shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and The Boy who Loved Anne Frank, Feldman has written a story about three friends, Babe, Millie and Grace, in a small city in Massachusetts. It starts in a promising…

Book Review – The Eleventh Day

The Ultimate Account of 9/11 by Anthony Summers & Robert Swan (Doubleday) ISBN 978-0-385-61282-1 The whole world watched as the twin towers in America were attacked by daredevil aeroplanes that destroyed each building, leaving thick smoke and fire in their wake. People were shocked as workers…

Book Review – Funny Business

by Gus Silber (Zebra) ISBN: 978-1-77022-089-8 What is funny about business? According to Ronnie Apteker, entrepreneur and stand-up comedian, a lot. Firstly you should not take yourself seriously and secondly, like a comedian you have to close a deal every 15 minutes. Gus Silber, award…

Book Review – Midwinter Of The Spirit

by Phil Rickman (Corvus) ISBN: 9780857890108 Midwinter of the Spirit, the second in the Merrily Watkins series, starts with a chill, a small shiver of apprehension. A woman stands in an unlit back room of an old chapel looking for the imprint of a ghost…

Book Review – The Devotion Of Suspect X

by Keigo Higashino (Little Brown) ISBN 978 1408 703 250 I don’t know if this book is good. Let’s examine the facts. It is written well. And this is almost always good but there’s not much to say about well written books. The plot is interesting…

Book Review – The Vuvuzela Revolution

Anatomy of South Africa’s World Cup by Richard Culland, Lawson Naidoo and Andrew Whaley (Jacana) ISBN 978-1-77009-971-5 South Africa embraced its role as host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Although there were many challenges, the “gees” prevailed and the depth of the citizens’ patriotism…

Book Review – Play Rugby

by Andy Colquhoun (Pearson Education) ISBN: 978-1-775781493 This is Bokkies Official Guide to rugby in South Africa. It is aimed at the young rugby player who is learning to take his first steps on the rugby field. The layout is colourful with interesting pictures, photos.…

Book Review – Live Wire

by Harlan Coben (Orion) ISBN 978-1-4091-1253-2 First off, let me admit that I adore Harlan Coben and his books… and this one is no exception. I feel like I know Myron Bolitar, the quirky sports agent and all-round defender of his clients.  Perhaps because this…

Book Review – A Private Affair

by Lesley Lokko (Orion) ISBN 978-1-4091-0173-4 I thoroughly enjoyed this book about girls married to army officers, whose lives are ruled by the dictates of the army. The wives can be alone for months on end and the men have to keep quiet about top…

Book Review – The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot (Pan) ISBN: 9780330533447 Hardly anyone knows Henrietta Lacks, but we have all profited from her cells: the so-called HeLa cells were significant in the medical breakthrough of the polio vaccine. They have been growing for almost sixty years. They have been on…
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