Writers Write Book Review

Book Review – Positions

edited by Peter Anders and M. Krouse (Jacana) ISBN: 9781770098893 This book is a collection of essays about contemporary artists in South Africa, first published in German, as part of a German series on how art responds to globalisation. Or in the editor’s words, ‘how…

Book Review – George And The Big Bang

by Stephen and Lucy Hawking (Doubleday) ISBN: 9780385615532 Look, it’s a science book for kids with a story. So no big expectations. Oh, it’s written by Stephen Hawking and his wife/sister? Lucy. So it must be good right. Well I do have to say it’s…

Book Review – Nelson Mandela By Himself

edited by Sello Hatang and Sahm Venter (Macmillan) ISBN: 978-1-770101418 The introduction to this book states that Mandela is ‘one of the most quoted – and misquoted - people in the world’. The editors see this as an irony as most of Mandela’s banned life…

Book Review – Nineveh

by Henrietta Rose-Innes (Umuzi) ISBN 978-1-4152-0136-7 The central character, Katya Grubb, controls the overpopulation of insects in urban areas in Cape Town by removing them and reinstating them into their natural habitat. She is asked to work at a luxury estate called Nineveh. While at…

Book Review – Dead Simple

by Peter James (Pan) ISBN 978-0-330-43419a-5 Michael's friends giggled as they screwed down the lid of his coffin and threw dirt over the grave. This was the idea of the best man who was organising the stag party before the wedding. Inside the coffin, Michael…

Book Review – The Japanese Devil Fish Girl

by Robert Rankin (Gollancz) ISBN: 9780575088542 If you think this book has anything to do with Japanese devils or fish, then boy will you be in for a surprise. If anyone reading this knows what the term Steampunk means then buy this book it contains…

Book Review – Paper Sons And Daughters

by Ufrieda Ho (Picador Africa) ISBN 978-1-77010-168-5 This book begins with the arrival of Chinese people with illegal papers, to South Africa. These immigrants were hoping for a better life. They were escaping the terrible hardships endured in China. However, South Africa was not the…

Book Review – Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

 by Tom Franklin (Macmillan) ISBN 978-0-230-75305-1 Winner of the Edgar Award for Mystery Writers, Tom Franklin brings us a novel of suspense set in small town Mississippi. The title refers to a mnemonic that aids children in the southern states of the USA to spell…

Book Review – A Widow’s Story

by Joyce Carol Oates (Fourth Estate) R316, 00 ISBN 978-0-00-738818-0 Joyce Carol Oates is the recipient of many English Awards. Her husband, Ray was also involved with English. It seemed like a communion of great minds.  Until Joyce Carol Oates drove her very fit husband to the…

Book Review – Dark Poppy’s Demise

by SA Partridge (Human and Rousseau) ISBN 978-0-7981-5544-1 Jenna is sweet sixteen and never been kissed. She is moody and dramatic and gets her only solace from the adventures of her online persona Dark Poppy. Her family is a mess. Her crush started dating the popular…
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