Writers Write – Our Book Reviews – July 2018


Welcome to our book reviews for July 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.

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  1. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Puffin Books)
  2. African Muckraking by Anya Schiffrin with George Lugalambi (Jacana)
  3. After The Fire by Henning Mankell (Harvill Secker)
  4. Always Another Country by Sisonke Msimang (Jonathan Ball Publishers)
  5. Caligula by Simon Turney (Orion)
  6. Christmas: A Biography by Judith Flanders (Picador)
  7. Daring To Drive by Manal Al-Sharif (Simon & Schuster)
  8. Death Cup by Irna Van Zyl (Penguin)
  9. Entanglement by Katy Mahood (The Borough Press)
  10. Every Third Thought by Robert McCrum (Picador)
  11. Finding My Virginity by Richard Branson (Virgin Books)
  12. Future Home Of The Living God by Louise Erdrich (Corsair)
  13. Gallery Of The Dead by Chris Carter (Simon and Schuster)
  14. Golden Prey by John Sandford (Simon and Schuster)
  15. Hadeda La Land by Stephen Francis & Rico (Jacana)
  16. Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor by Simon Fenwick (Macmillan)
  17. Michael K: A Novel by Nthikeng Mohlele (Picador Africa)
  18. Ministry Of Crime by Mandy Wiener (Macmillan)
  19. Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (Puffin)
  20. Ricky Of The River Pride by Lindsay Sherratt (Struik Children)
  21. Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama (riverrun)
  22. Strange Weather by Joe Hill (Gollancz)
  23. The After Wife by Cass Hunter (Trapeze)
  24. The Black Conscious Reader by Compiled by Ndaba et al (Jacana)
  25. The Book Of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch (Canon Gate)
  26. The Break by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
  27. The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse (Mantle)
  28. The Cull by Tony Park (MacMillan)
  29. The Curse of Teko Modise by Nikolaos Kirkinis (Jacana)
  30. The Cutting Edge by Jeffery Deaver (Hodder & Stoughton)
  31. The Force by Don Winslow (Harper Collins)
  32. The Gangster by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Penguin)
  33. The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (Quercus)
  34. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (Harper Collins)
  35. The Girl Who Saw Lions by Berlie Doherty (Anderson Press)
  36. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (MacMillan)
  37. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (Penguin)
  38. The Last Hours by Minette Walters (Allen & Unwin)
  39. The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory (Simon and Schuster)
  40. The Little Italian Bakery by Valentina Cebeni (Little, Brown)
  41. The Memory Chamber by Holy Cave (Quercus)
  42. The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley (Macmillan)
  43. The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury)
  44. The Square And The Tower by Niall Ferguson (Allen Lane)
  45. The Standing Chandelier: A Novella by Lionel Shriver (The Borough Press)
  46. The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (Zaffre)
  47. Toyboy by Leon Van Nierop (Penguin)
  48. Treasure Hunters: Quest for the City of Gold by James Patterson (Arrow)
  49. Two Little Girls by Kate Medina (Harper Collins)
  50. Under Glass by Claire Robertson (Umuzi)
  51. What A Great Idea! by Mike Burton (Jacana)
  52. Winging It by Joanne Jowell (Macmillan)
  53. Winter by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

If a book appears on the list again, it is because another person has reviewed it.

Our reviewers rate books from 1–5

  1. For use as a doorstop only
  2. Keep for publishers’ and booksellers’ strikes
  3. A great holiday read
  4. You’ll remember this with enthusiasm a month later
  5. Unforgettable

Read more about how we rate books here: The Writers Write Book Review Format

We want to thank PanMacmillan South AfricaJonathan Ball PublishersPenguin Random House South Africa, and Jacana Media for the review copies.