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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…

Book Review – Dragon Haven

by Robin Hobb (Harper Voyager) ISBN 9780007376094 Just because a person likes a book, it does not mean it is a good book. Now I like this book and I like Robin Hobb. I have read her last five books and continued to read them…

Book Review – The Wreckage

by Michael Robotham (Sphere) ISBN: 978-1-84744-221-5 In his seventh fiction production, Michael Robotham reacquaints us with Vincent Ruiz, a worn, imperfect but likeable retired London police detective, and Joe O’Laughlin, a perceptive psychologist. He introduces us to cast of other characters that ultimately collide after…

Book Review – One Magic Square

by Lolo Houbein (Jacana) ISBN 9781770099111 This is the most useful and most beautiful book of the year. For experienced gardeners it is full of practical tips, but for people aspiring to grow their own vegetables, like me, it is a godsend! Houbein takes you…

Book Review – Deeper Than Colour

by James Clelland (Jacana) ISBN 978-1-77009-925-8 James Clelland is the recipient of the EU Literary Award in 2010. He certainly is a compelling new voice in South African fiction. In this story his fiction is based on some truth. You cannot help laughing at what…

Book Review – Patchwork

 by Ellen Banda-Aaku (Penguin Books) ISBN 978-0-14-352753-4 Patterns of thinking and emotional behaviour seem to persist through generations. Pumpkin, a nine-year-old girl, is living in Lusaka. We are led through her torrid journey and the way she perceives it. Her mother a seemingly respectable and…

Book Review – The Hummingbird And The Bear

by Nicholas Hogg (Corsair) ISBN 9781849016476 ‘I never understood why men went to war, why men would die in the corner of a muddy field…until I saw her at the wedding.’ Sam Taylor has escaped a childhood hell by the grace of his intelligence, his…
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