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Writers Write Book Review

Book Review – A Year In The Wild

by James Hendry (Macmillan) ISBN: 978-1-77010-130-2 A Year in the Wild will make you smile, laugh and cry. Beautifully written, the story of two brothers, Angus and Hugh MacNaughton, is set to become a South African bestseller. James Hendry has written a Spud for grown-ups. Angus…

Book Review – Passion

by Lauren Kate (Doubleday) ISBN 978 03856 1808 3 Los Angeles-based author Lauren Kate is the internationally bestselling creator of the wildly popular Fallen series. Passion is the third in the quartet of romantic paranormal novels aimed at young adults. Ethereally dark and exquisitely beautiful…

Book Review – Plugged

by Eoin Colfer (Headline) ISBN: 9780755379996 Eoin Colfer writes children’s books and is very good at this. He created Artemis Fowl. Then they employed him to write a new Hitch Hiker’s Guide. And you know, I don’t hate him for it. That’s just how good…

Book Review – The Last Talk With Lola Faye

by Thomas H. Cook (Quercus) ISBN 978 0 85738 150 7 Luke Paige, a published historian thinks he has forever escaped his toxic childhood in Glenville until he comes across the one woman who made it so - Lola Faye Gilroy. Luke believes his father…

Book Review – The Language Of Flowers

The Language Of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Macmillan) 978-0-230-75258-0 I’ve always had a problem with lavender. In fact, I’m allergic to it. I learnt in The Language of Flowers that lavender means mistrust. This book is beautifully written. I have a new understanding of the Victorian language…

Book Review – African Cookboy

African Cookboy by David Dinwoodie Irving (Jacana) ISBN: 9781770098695 This novel starts with a university student visiting a government minister in present day South Africa; the interview opens a flood of memories of a young man growing up in Vilakazi. In his debut novel, Dinwoodie…

Book Review – A Sangoma’s Story

by Melanie Reeder (Penguin) ISBN: 9780143026167 ‘My body has two lives,’ says traditional healer, Elliot Ndlovu, ‘the spiritual as well as the physical.’ Reeder, a well-known magazine writer, relates the story of this charismatic sangoma in a clear, readable style that avoids the academic approach…

Book Review – The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake

by Aimee Bender (Windmill) ISBN: 978-0-099-53827-1 Rose Edelstein's life changes when she eats the cake her mother bakes on her 9th birthday. She inexplicably tastes every emotion her mother has. And it's not a good thing. Her beautiful mother tastes empty and small, and full…

Book Review – My Name Is Mary Sutter

by Robin Oliveira (Penguin Books) R200 ISBN: 9781905490684 Mary Sutter is a midwife from Albany in 1861 who will leave no stone unturned to reach her goal: to become the first female surgeon in the United States. She faces prejudices against women in medicine and…

Book Review – At Last

 by Edward St Aubyn (Picador) ISBN: 9780330435901 This is the final instalment in the Melrose family saga. St Aubyn's semi-autobiographical journey began with the trilogy Never Mind, Bad News and Some Hope. The story continued with Mother's Milk and ends At Last.  Patrick Melrose watches his mother’s coffin in this caustically funny…
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